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
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
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
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
Eugene’s drinking water received an outstanding performance rating from the Oregon Health Authority.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
Two Eugene Water & Electric Board line crews will spend the New Year holiday weekend through next week restoring power to thousands of Pacific Gas & Electric customers in northeast California after winter storms dumped more than 10 feet of snow in the Lake Tahoe area starting before Christmas.Find Out More
Several hundred customers have been restored, but the smaller outages with five or fewer customers may not be restored until Tuesday or Wednesday.Find Out More
With the National Weather Service predicting snow for the Eugene area Sunday through Tuesday, we want to remind customers that the expected snow could bring trees and branches down onto overhead power lines and cause electric outages.Find 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 Leads "Spill Drill" to test HazMat ResponseFind Out More
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $3.5 million to EWEB in late May to help offset the financial costs of the devastating ice storm that struck Eugene on Dec. 15, 2016.
The ice storm was among the most severe faced by EWEB and our customers over the 106-year history of the utility. The trees and wires brought down by the ice, along with damage to poles, transformers and other infrastructure, affected approximately 22,000 customers.
We spent approximately $4.7 million restoring service to customers and making repairs to our electric transmission and distribution system from Dec. 15 through Dec. 24. The FEMA grant of $3.5 million covers about 75 percent of our costs.
We maintain a $2 million operating reserve to cover unanticipated costs. We covered the destruction caused by the December ice storm with working cash that had accumulated throughout the year.
The $3.5 million from FEMA will go back into the working cash fund. We will absorb the $1.2 million not covered by the FEMA grant without raising electricity prices - customers have not, and will not, incur any additional costs resulting from the storm and the recovery efforts.
We did not increase residential electricity prices in 2017. In addition to the $1.5 million EWEB budgets for low-income assistance each year, we added another $100,000 following the ice storm to help customers cover bills due to the prolonged cold snap.
"The December ice storm was devastating for EWEB and our customers in many ways. From a financial perspective, this was the largest restoration effort in EWEB's 106-year history," said Susan Fahey, EWEB's chief financial officer. "The FEMA grant will help our customer-owners, who already endured extensive and prolonged power outages, avoid further financial impacts."
There were more than 1,600 tree incidents affecting EWEB infrastructure during the ice storm and its aftermath. City-wide, there were more than 3,200 trees removed or pruned due to storm damage. The ice also caused significant damage to streets and private property, including homes and vehicles As the ice storm hit, our emergency managers began calling in outside electric repair crews to help with restoration.
In addition to the five EWEB crews, 24 crews from other utilities and private contractors helped restore service. EWEB and the outside crews repaired 135 linear miles of wire, 185 poles or cross arms and replaced 44 transformers.
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4200 Roosevelt Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97402
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