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
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
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
New programs provide customers opportunities to invest in local environment, watershed protection, and future climate scientistsFind Out More
EWEB is offering new programs to help Eugene electrify its transporation sector - tackling our largest source of carbon emissionsFind 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
Recent material shortages have EWEB increasingly concerned about our ability to meet timelines for electric and water construction projects.Find Out More
As part of our routine monitoring efforts, EWEB conducted a bathymetric survey of Trail Bridge Reservoir in May 2021 and found unusual depressions. EWEB conducted follow-up inspections with a remotely operated underwater vehicle along with dye testing by divers in early June 2021. Based on the dye tests, the two larger depressions are actively taking water and are considered sinkholes. Subsequent dye testing and geophysical investigations in July and August indicated that there is no concentrated seepage flow through or under Trail Bridge Dam.Find Out More
EWEB Leads "Spill Drill" to test HazMat ResponseFind Out More
Unlike for-profit utilities who serve their investors, EWEB and other public power providers are community-owned and do not operate to earn a profit or benefit stockholders. Our prices are based on the costs to serve our community with safe, reliable water and electricity.Find Out More
While most wildfires are started by lightning strikes or caused by human actions, utilities have a role to play in risk reduction -- and we are doing our part. And while we can’t stop wildfires, we can make our electric infrastructure more resilient to better withstand fires by using new construction methods and materials and keeping our system maintenance up to date by replacing aging equipment.Find Out More
At EWEB, we factor climate change into almost everything we do. As Eugene’s publicly-owned utility, we strive to fulfill our roles reducing our community’s carbon footprint, optimizing our use of clean energy, and helping our watershed adapt to a warmer climate.Find Out More
EWEB helps fund floodplain restoration projectFind Out More
While with the utility just shy of three years, Matt's EWEB-origin story starts well before that. It begins in 1991 and involves an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
Growing up in New York, son to a father with a career in theatre, Matt had the opportunity to visit cities across the country. One such opportunity brought 10-year old Matt to Seattle and Portland to visit his father who was touring with The Phantom of the Opera. The trip made a lasting impression and 15 years later when deciding where to attend law school, Matt was drawn back to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
In 2010, Matt completed the joint JD/MBA at the University of Oregon with a focus on sustainability, especially as it pertains to the energy sector. He had his eye on a career in the utility industry.
"I was long on education and short on experience," jokes Matt.
He gained that experience over the next seven years with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). "I loved my job with BPA," says Matt. "But I was also ready to start a family and be a part of a smaller community. I wanted to come back to Eugene."
With EWEB on the cusp of a decade involving the renewal, replacement, or termination of major electric generating resource contracts, leadership sought to bring someone in with a legal background and knowledge in both power markets and portfolio management to be a part of the team that would guide the utility in making such significant decisions.
When Matt saw the opening for the newly formed Power Resources Counsel position he leaped at the opportunity.
"Professionally, I want the ability to do well, while also doing good," says Matt. "I can do that at EWEB. It is a relatively small utility, but also owns some hydroelectric generation, which builds in flexibility. On top of that, I believe in the public power model."
In his position, Matt coordinates with similar entities in the region and Bonneville to ensure EWEB has the best options available as we begin making power resource decisions in the coming years. It is reassuring to know we have people on the team like Matt, with not only the appropriate knowledge and experience, but possibly even more importantly a love of community-specifically, a love of our community.
Thank you Matt, for your role in providing customers with vital services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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Eugene, OR 97402
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