In January, our elected Board of Commissioners approved an agreement for EWEB to make an unprecedented bulk purchase of substation transformers.Find Out More
The Eugene City Council approved the purchase of EWEB's former riverfront headquarters property at a meeting on Jan. 30. The terms of the deal state that the City of Eugene will purchase the 4.4-acre property, which includes two buildings and parking lots, for $12 million.Find Out More
After evaluating several proposals and opportunities, EWEB is focusing its negotiations to sell the former riverfront headquarters property to the City of Eugene. The exact terms and details of the deal will be negotiated during the next few weeks.Find Out More
EWEB has 800 miles of transmission and distribution lines transporting your drinking water underground throughout the city. It eventually comes out of your tap as delicious thirst-quenching water. But what goes into maintaining all those pipes? And what happens when one gets a leak? We went to find out.Find Out More
EWEB makes electric mobility available to anyhone though e-bike rebates, car sharing and grants for local organizations with electric mobility projects.Find Out More
Energy Efficiency tips to help you reduce your energy usage for National Cut your Energy Costs DayFind Out More
The EWEB Board of Commissioners started off their first meeting of 2023 by choosing a new board president and vice president.Find Out More
Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a Record of Decision endorsing the General Manager's Recommendation to decommission the Leaburg Hydroelectric Project and approved Resolution 2302 directing the GM to develop a Leaburg Hydroelectric Project Decommissioning Action PlanFind Out More
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For their final meeting of 2022, on Dec. 6, the EWEB Board of Commissioners grappled with some major decisions and looked ahead to a new year.Find Out More
Commissioners supportive of General Manager's recommendation to remove Leaburg DamFind Out More
At the Nov. 1st board meeting, EWEB Commissioners got an update on the budget and rates for next year and the EWEB quarterly report.Find Out More
There’s no obvious right answer to the question of what to do about the Leaburg dam and canal. EWEB’s Board of Commissioners met this week for a work session with staff about the project.Find Out More
EWEB's elected Board of Commissioners has voted to authorize General Manager Frank Lawson to pursue and negotiate the sale of the former EWEB headquarters building.Find Out More
While commissioners are elected to represent their constituents, they rely on the expertise of EWEB engineers, technicians and other skilled professionals to inform their decisions.Find Out More
December 08, 2017
Our Affordability Initiative is already delivering positive results for customers, with a water price decrease set to go into effect Feb. 1, 2018, and no electric price change for the second year in a row.
EWEB commissioners voted unanimously on Dec. 5 to adopt a 2018 budget of $300.9 million - $6.1 million less than the 2017 budget.
Launched last spring, the Affordability Initiative seeks to deliver value to customers and to better align spending levels to what our customers-owners expect. The initiative includes cutting costs, delaying or reducing certain capital projects and eliminating some programs that don't directly impact safety or reliability. This includes a reduction in staff that will reduce labor costs by $3.8 million in 2018 as part of our efforts to become more efficient.
The initiative builds on a multi-year program to reduce operating costs and pay off or restructure debt.
The tangible results of these efforts include an overall water price decrease of 3 percent. On average, residential customers will realize a 4.5 percent drop in water prices effective Feb. 1.
Electric prices will not increase in 2018 - marking the third time in four years that we have been able to keep electric prices flat. We did not increase electric prices in 2017 or 2015.
"It's been a lot of work by the whole organization over the last several years," said Chief Financial Officer Susan Fahey. "And it's nice to be able to share such good news with our customer-owners."
While reducing costs, we have been able to retain programs that are important to the community and our customers. The 2018 budget includes an increase in spending on conservation incentive programs of approximately $250,000 compared with 2017 program levels. And we continue to be a strong community partner as evidenced by our $1.5 million Customer Care Program that provides bill payment assistance for limited income customers.
The improved financial position allowed us to absorb the estimated $2.7 million impact from the Bonneville Power Administration's wholesale price increase for energy without passing those additional costs on to our customers. Bonneville supplies about 65 percent of EWEB's power, and increased the price it charges utilities in October 2017.
We know there is more work ahead when it comes to making EWEB more affordable for our customers, and we look forward to delivering more positive results in 2018.