Using fireworks near power lines could lead to a fire, explosion, power outage or downed line.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
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
"I saw the position advertised in the paper and it was a perfect blend of my previous experience; half in the banking industry, specifically in lending, and half as an office manager," says Misty.
Misty saw that ad 15 years ago and has been EWEB's loan administrator ever since. Over the years, Misty has had opportunity to collaborate with departments across the utility to create numerous loan programs for our customers.
She laughs as she recalls working on a team years ago that was evaluating whether ductless heat pumps would take off, which now make up the majority of EWEB's loans. In 2012, when EWEB decided to decommission the steam plant after years of steady decline in customers, Misty helped create a loan program to assist customers in switching to a new heating fuel source. And most recently, after the devastating snow storm in March, she helped with EWEB's newest loan program to help finance backup generators.
The snow storm knocked power out for thousands of EWEB customers, some of whom were without power for over a week as the utility worked to restore power in the rubble of fallen trees, broken poles and downed wires. With a number of multi-day outage events caused by extreme weather in recent years, EWEB wanted to help customers increase their safety and resilience in a power outage.
Within 48 hours of the initial concept, EWEB was prepared to rollout a program to assist customers with the purchase and installation of a backup generator and transfer switch to safely power critical components in a home during an emergency.
"Customers want to make this type of preparation. But so often, how you want to spend money and how you have to don't line up. It's easy for something like a backup generator to fall to the back burner when you have more pressing needs as a homeowner," says Misty. "I love that we run our loan programs in-house. It keeps it personal and intentional," she continues.
When thanked for her willingness to be featured in an online profile, Misty brushes it off and turns right back to customers. "I thought it might be another way to keep getting the word out that we offer a lot of different loans. I want people to know that we care and we provide programs to help out."
If a customer who works with Misty is in doubt that we have employees who care deeply about EWEB's role in the community, she will surely works wonders in erasing that doubt. It only takes a few minutes to realize she is passionate about helping our customers and that she loves her job.
Thank you Misty, 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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