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
"My girlfriends joke about how much I talk about work," says Megan. "We were all at a little gathering the other day and one of them said, 'I can tell by the volume - Megan's talking about work!' I get so animated.
That she does. We should all be so lucky to find a career that after 30 years still brings a sparkle to our eye, like power planning does for Megan.
"I grew up in public power," says Megan. "Out of college I started with BPA (Bonneville Power Administration) as an economist and became passionate about public power, the federal hydropower system, and the customer-driven nature of the business."
Over her career, Megan has seen a lot of change in the industry-from the height of energy efficiency and conservation, to deregulation, to the energy crisis of 2000/2001-all of which helped set her up perfectly for her current position as the supervisor of the power planning team.
"I started with EWEB in power risk as project manager implementing a new system for energy trading and commodity risk management. From there I moved into a regional role, working with BPA to represent the interests of EWEB's customers. Everything I have done in my career has set me up for the job I have now," says Megan.
The job she has now, leading the utility in energy supply planning, is full of challenge and hard work. "And I love it," says Megan.
"EWEB's last Electricity Supply Plan was complete in 2011. To prepare for the future we are developing the infrastructure and planning models needed to enable a faster turn-around time in our decision-making processes. We're being asked to look into the future, and take into account all of the possible changes in supply and demand, technology, legislation, and markets, and determine what our customers will need. Moving toward a two-year cycle, and knowing that planning is not a 'one-and-done' process is crucial," explains Megan.
Recently Megan and her team have started popping up at staff meetings around the utility, talking to different work groups about the planning process.
"It's been amazing to see how many people care, even when it's pretty removed from their work," she says. "Great people will make this an organizational and community success."
What Megan might not realize, is it could be that animated nature of hers that pulls people in and makes them realize it's something to care about.
Thank you Megan 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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