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
To talk about Brian, you have to employ superlatives. He is the friendliest, the nicest and the humblest of people. Walking through the halls of EWEB with him is like a flashback to high school. We all remember that kid that everyone knew and everyone liked-somehow knowing everyone's name and greeting each person he passes. At EWEB, that's Brian.
As a teenager, Brian would spend summers with his uncle in Hermiston.
"He was a lineman with Umatilla Electric Co-Op and I got to go on ride-alongs. It piqued my interest," recalls Brian.
After attending a year of college, Brian told his parents he wanted to leave and go to line school in Idaho.
"They had an early-out program. PG&E called and listed off locations in California I didn't know anything about. When they mentioned Oakland, I thought, that sounds good. Everyone made fun of me for it since I passed up all these fancy northern California cities, but it turned out great," says Brian.
Brian started with PG&E as a truck driver and quickly moved into a position as an apprentice lineman. In 1999, he was hired on with EWEB as an apprentice. After a few years, he moved to Bend taking a position with Central Electric Co-Op, but eventually found his way back home to Eugene and EWEB.
Since then, Brian has put in the hours and the effort advancing to Crew Leader II with EWEB's apparatus crews that work primarily on EWEB's downtown network.
The configuration of the downtown electric network results in ultra-high service reliability, which takes specialized equipment. The crews Brian leads perform the maintenance and technical work on that equipment.
"When I first started with the apparatus crew, it was completely new to me and challenging. The downtown network serves some really big customers, who rely on a high level of service. In the beginning there was a lot of maintenance work that hadn't been done in a while. We'd open vaults up and not know what we were going to be getting into," says Brian.
Brian is a glass half full kind of guy. It's easy to get the impression that he sees opportunity where others see obstacles and with his goofy, playful demeanor his enthusiasm for the work is infectious.
"It's been a pretty incredible opportunity to work in the power industry," says Brian. "You want to come see some of the equipment we work on?" And he grins.
Thank you Brian 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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