A new digital fire lookout tower will soon be able to spot small fires before they threaten communities and infrastructure in the upper McKenzie River Valley, thanks to a new ALERTWildfire camera installed Monday on a communications tower owned and operated by the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB).Find Out More
As part of EWEB's relicensing requirements for the Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project, we are reducing the risk of birds colliding with electricity.Find Out More
It's called an FUV, a fun utility vehicle. And we are so having FUN! We are proud to have a small fleet of electric vehicles. Two to be exact.Find Out More
As a public utility, it is important EWEB check in with customers to see how we are performing. We invite you to share your feedback and opinions.Find Out More
EWEB is offering an updated suite of environmental programs designed for customers who want to save money, water and energy while taking their commitment to sustainability to the next level. At the same time, EWEB is also injecting $100,000 of additional funding into our solar photovoltaic (PV) program.Find Out More
On April 12, EWEB dispatched a two-person crew with a bucket truck to assist with repairs and restoring electric service for Columbia River Public Utility District, which serves customers in Columbia County, north of Portland.Find Out More
EWEB is moving forward with analyzing four options to remediate the Leaburg Canal, ranging from full decommissioning to complete restoration, with two options in between.Find Out More
As a public utility, owned by the people of Eugene, it’s important for us to be open and transparent with our customer-owners. The following State of the Utility Address, delivered by General Manager Frank Lawson at the March 1 EWEB Board meeting, highlights key events, accomplishments and challenges of 2021.Find Out More
Here’s an hour of one-time tasks and a few more behavior change goals that will help you reduce your water use, save energy, lower your carbon footprint and save money on your EWEB bill!Find Out More
New programs provide customers opportunities to invest in local environment, watershed protection, and future climate scientistsFind Out More
Here in Eugene, where we are fortunate to have one of the cleanest power portfolios in the nation, electrification presents opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support climate recovery goals.Find Out More
EWEB is offering new programs to help Eugene electrify its transporation sector - tackling our largest source of carbon emissionsFind Out More
Just as high winds with gusts of more than 30 mph arrived in the Oregon Cascades early Thursday, EWEB has completed aerial trimming around its Carmen-Smith transmission line using a helicopter with saw attachments to trim branches and treetops.Find Out More
EWEB, City of Eugene project reduces City Facilities carbon footprint by 16%Find Out More
While world leaders debate climate action, EWEB reflects on our community's climate successesFind Out More
Change is afoot. Car companies Volvo and Jaguar Landrover, as well as nations like India and China, are committing to all-electric vehicle futures. Range advancements, charging infrastructure investments and a constellation of state, federal and local incentives are leading many car buyers to take a fresh look at clean, economical EVs.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, where we enjoy abundant, low-cost hydroelectric power, EVs are a smart economic choice and an important piece of the region's move away from fossil fuels. In our area, it will cost you $3.41 to go 100 miles in an electric vehicle, compared to $12.16 in a gas-powered car. Tax credits sweeten the deal. In addition to the existing $2,500-$7,500 federal tax credit, the State of Oregon's new rebate of up to $2,500 will go into effect in 2018.
As an added incentive, EWEB offers a $300 rebate to help offset the cost of charging infrastructure for an all-electric car.
Beyond cost-savings, our 90% renewable electricity, makes EVs a particularly good choice for EWEB customers looking to lower their carbon-foot print in a significant way.
Nearly 100 EV-curious locals attended our second annual electric vehicle expo on Sunday, Sept. 10, the kick off to National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 9-17). Participants were able to test drive the new 238-mile Chevy Bolt, Arcimoto's zippy utility vehicle, electric bikes, and a privately-owned Tesla Model X. Eugene's event is one of more than 200 planned nationwide where EV enthusiasts help to highlight the convenience, performance, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars.
There are now over 30 models of EVs available in Oregon, and battery technology continues to improve.
"With the recent passing of House Bill 2017, which includes point-of-purchase rebates on EVs starting next year, Oregon is taking meaningful steps to encourage EV adoption across the state," said Jeff Allen, executive director of Forth Mobility, a Portland-based non-profit focused on advancing electric, smart and shared transportation in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
"Now is the perfect time for anyone looking to buy or lease a new vehicle to learn more about why EVs are more affordable, more energy-efficient, and frankly, more fun to drive than gas-powered vehicles."
If you missed the expo but are wondering if an EV is right for you, you can always visit the Go Forth Electric Vehicle Showcase in Portland (SW1st and Taylor). There are a number of EVs available for test drives and plenty of information about the technology, charging options and more.
Check out our website to learn more about EVs and how to help determine if one is right for you.
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