Rate Setting Process is Customer Driven and Community Focused
EWEB’s Board of Commissioners is considering rate changes to help maintain reliable utility services and fund critical investments in Eugene’s water and electric infrastructure.Find Out More
National Preparedness Month: Older adults take control in 1, 2, 3
We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the extreme weather events and emergencies we face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, depend on electricity for medical needs, or live in rural areas.Find Out More
How does EWEB recover the costs of serving customers
Here’s an overview of the three primary ways EWEB recovers the costs of serving customers and generates the funds needed to keep the power on and the water flowing.Find Out More
Stay cool during extreme heat events
With temperatures forecasted to reach over 100 degrees over the next several days, we've prepared some tips and tricks to help you stay cool.Find Out More
Women in STEM: Meet the woman responsible for managing our wholesale energy agreements to ensure we meet our customers energy needs
Megan Capper, the Energy Resource Manager at EWEB, began her career working in economics at BPA before joining the power planning department EWEB, ensuring we can meet the energy needs of our our customers today, tomorrow and 20 years from now.Find Out More
EWEB establishes multipronged resiliency policy
Disaster recovery and prevention are being embedded in all operations and processes.Find Out More
Substations – The resilient spine of EWEB’s electric system
The substation redundancy ensures reliable power continues to flow to homes and businesses despite unexpected equipment failures and routine maintenance.Find Out More
Trends that are impacting your utility rates
Needed infrastructure investments and rising costs of operations will require increases in the price of water and electric services.Find Out More
Wildfire season is here – tips and safety precautions
Temperatures are heating up with weather forecasts anticipating temperatures up to 99 degrees in Eugene and the surrounding areas on the 4th of July.Find Out More
EWEB and City finalize sale of former riverfront headquarters
The two buildings on 4.4 acres will transformed into Eugene's new City Hall. EWEB and the City signed closing documents and officially handed over the site keys on Tuesday.Find Out More
Electric vehicles benefit customers and the community
The rising cost of gasoline and growing consequences of climate change are driving more and more people to look for alternatives to gas-powered vehicles. And EVs offer benefits that go beyond the gas pump.Find Out More
EWEB preparing for expected surge in electric vehicles
Electric vehicle (EV) sales are poised to skyrocket in the years ahead as technology improves, more models hit the market, prices fall and regulations limit the sale of gas-powered vehicles. And EWEB is preparing for this surge.Find Out More
EWEB programs make electric mobility more accessible
Electric mobility seems to be everywhere these days, but does availability equal accessibility? Here at EWEB we’ve determined that the answer is ‘no’ and are working to bridge that gap through EV car shares, community grants and electric bike rebates.Find Out More
Lead Green annual summary
In Eugene, we take pride in knowing we have one of the cleanest power portfolios in the nation. Roughly 90% of Eugene's power comes from carbon-free hydroelectric energy. And EWEB has a long history offering robust conversation programs. But we wanted to do more, so we launched Lead Green, a suite of programs for climate innovators looking to support renewable energy and take action on climate change. In the year since Lead Green was launched, we've accomplished a lot we can be proud of.Find Out More
Every Week is Infrastructure Week
National Infrastructure Week (May 14-20) may be a politically charged quip on the national stage, but for EWEB, the urgency and importance of infrastructure is no joke.Find Out More
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Board of Commissioners Meeting Highlights - April 3, 2018
April 09, 2018
As a public utility, it's important for us to be open and transparent with you-our customer-owners. Here are some highlights from this month's meeting of your citizen-elected Board of Commissioners.
EWEB's independent auditors present review of financial statements and internal control recommendations
Moss Adams presented the Board with a review of the audit process, financial statements and internal control recommendations. After technical review of EWEB's financial statements the auditors provided the opinion that the statements presented fairly according to accounting principles.
Moss Adams also provided a review of EWEB's compliance with federal and state laws, finding one minor instance of non-compliance due to not reporting new bank accounts to the State Treasurer within a 3-day required timeframe (ORS 295.006). EWEB's Chief Financial Officer noted that this was an oversight due to the infrequency of such a change and that there were no negative consequences as a result.
Upon reviewing EWEB's internal controls ensure accurate financial statements, Moss Adams found internal controls to be effective and offered a few suggestions for improvement.
Board of Commissioners approve increase in General Manager Lawson's salary
Following last month's positive review of General Manager Frank Lawson's 2017 performance, EWEB Commissioners approved an eight percent increase in Lawson's annual compensation. The increase brings the General Manager salary to $286,470 which is inline with the average mean of comparable Northwest utilities. Data shows that other public utilities in the region paid top executives an average of $288,749 last year. The Board in 2016 awarded a two percent increase to Lawson's salary, in-part based on the fact that he had only been in the role for six months.
Continued discussion regarding customer service policy update
EWEB staff presented the Board of Commissioners with a series of questions to spark discussion around the utility's customer service policy. Topics included:
- Addition of a "Promise to Customers"
- Of account holder, customer or property owner who should make decisions regarding EWEB products and services
- EWEB's disconnection process and associated fees
Staff will continue to bring proposed changes and questions for discussion over the coming months as a part of a policy review process.
EWEB to add benchmarking as a part of Capital Improvement Plans
Staff from water and electric operations and information services presented Commissioners with options for providing independent review of EWEB's Capital Improvement Plans (CIP), ranging from basic benchmarking studies to a more in-depth analysis. Commissioners agreed that having periodic review of Capital Plans would verify that EWEB is investing appropriately in infrastructure improvements and asked staff to include basic benchmarking as a part of this year's 10-year CIP review, which begins in July.