Using fireworks near power lines could lead to a fire, explosion, power outage or downed line.Find Out More
EWEB will continue the annual closure of our College Hill Reservoir over the Fourth of July holiday and prohibit fireworks on the property grounds.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
On June 18, with the help of community neighbors, EWEB inaugurated a new emergency water station at the Lane County Fairgrounds.Find Out More
The tour focused on the coordinated response to the Holiday Farm Fire, emphasizing the effectiveness of large-scale floodplain enhancement projects for mitigating the impacts of sedimentation and increasing water temperatures.Find Out More
EWEB exceeded drinking water safety standards in 2021 for every type of contaminant regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Oregon Health Authority. The utility has never failed to meet the standards.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
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
Community organizations, property developers and others will soon be able to submit offers to purchase and develop a 4.44-acre site in a prime location along Eugene’s burgeoning downtown waterfront district.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
Eugene’s drinking water received an outstanding performance rating from the Oregon Health Authority.Find Out More
EWEB’s five commissioners earlier this month voted to elect John Brown as president of the Board and Sonya Carlson as vice president.Find Out More
Starting late night Sunday night, an intense windstorm blew over trees and caused just over 2,600 Eugene Water & Electric Board customers to lose power. But EWEB line crews working through the dark hours of the night and early morning promptly restored service for nearly all those customers.Find Out More
As a public utility owned by the people of Eugene, it’s important for EWEB 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 some key events, accomplishments and challenges from 2021.
"Good evening Commissioners, EWEB teammates, customer-owners and interested members of the community.
"Last year I used the term 'healthy' to describe EWEB, as we were learning to perform in the midst of a pandemic, which was having tangible impacts on our community and our organization. For 2021, I would describe EWEB as perservering, resolute, persistent and accomplished. There is only one reason I have the fortunate opportunity to use these words to describe EWEB, and that is our people, including front-line contributors, supervisors, managers, executives, board members, community partners, union, non-union, operations, administrative, management and support. It takes an entire team.
"I'll use most of the presentation portion of this agenda item to describe the results, issues, opportunities and trends. So I'll focus most of my State of the Utility comments on high-level thoughts.
"I'd like to start by thanking all the Commissioners. For all of us in the organization, it is a pleasure to work with a Board that is respectful, hardworking and cares about the services we provide and the legacy we leave. There were times that challenged you this past year, and we appreciate your support, leadershp, guidance and advice as we tackle some important issues in the years ahead.
"2021 saw some incredible results from EWEB. We delivered over 2.3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and 9.5 billion gallons of high-quality drinking water to roughly 200,000 people in our community. We did this in a manner consistent with our values of safety, reliability, affordability, environmental stewardship and community. We did this under conditions that stressed our supply chains, put new inflationary pressures on our costs and in a treacherous workplace climate that saw 'The Great Resignation' (and in some cases migration) and a new labor market tightness, putting additional strain on EWEB's already loyal and professional workforce.
"In 2021, EWEB incredibly achieved eight of our nine organizational goals and sub-goals, with the supply chain issues associated with advanced meters being the only notable exception. Financially, we are sound, and becaue we use a 'source to tap' or 'source to switch' approach to delivery, reliability is solid and water quality is good.
"In 2021, we worked with the Board to update the strategic plan, further identifying key 3-5 year milestones and revising our values. We collaborated and aligned with the Board to develop direction and decision criteria on watershed recovery and protection, lower McKenzie hydro-projects, information system/technology investment planning, wildfire mitigation planning and multi-year cost-of-service-analysis (COSA). We published an electrification impact analysis report that will inform certain aspects of our integrated resource planning going forward.
"We also experienced some challenges in 2021, and are working to address these issues transparently and intentionally. Most of the challenges manifested from specific issues and were contained to discrete trends, milestones or issues. We recognize our opportunity and obligation to take corrective action and work towards sustainable improvement. For that reason, many remedial activities are already included in our 2022 organizational or departmental goals. As I review the specific results later in this presentation, I'll elaborate on some of these challenges further.
"I'd like to close my comments the way I began, by thanking my EWEB teammates, the Board, and our many partners throughout the community and region. I'd personally like to thank the executive team and managers, with whom I work most closely and frequently. I'd also like to thank Anne Kah and Holly Shugart, who are vital to our success. Thank you all."
You can watch the full March 1 Board meeting here.
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