EWEB 2023 year in review
In 2023, EWEB invested in our community with grants, rebates and an array of other programs and measures aimed at fulfiling our core values of safety, reliability, affordability, environmental responsibility and community/culture.Find Out More
EWEB Recognized with Excellence in Communications Awards from American Public Power Association
We are proud to have been recognized with two Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards for 2023 from the American Public Power Association (APPA).Find Out More
EWEB To Hold First of Two Public Hearings on Proposed 2024 Budget and Prices
At the Nov. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting, EWEB staff will present a proposed budget that includes rate increases necessary to support utility operations and make needed infrastructure investments.Find Out More
EWEB now offering a Smart Thermostat rebate program
EWEB is excited to announce a new residential rebate program to provide electric customers with free or greatly discounted Smart Thermostats to customers whose primary source of heating is from an electric forced-air furnace or heat pump.Find Out More
Your EWEB Rates at Work: Investing Today for a Resilient Tomorrow
For more than a century, EWEB has planned, built, and maintained the systems that deliver safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible power and water to Eugene homes and businesses.Find Out More
Have an energy efficient and water conscious holiday season
The holiday season is officially upon us. Whether you are celebrating a special holiday or just sharing a meal with close friends and family, hosting can cause some unexpected energy and water usage increases – resulting in a higher utility bill. We’ve prepared some tips on how you can save energy and water this holiday season.Find Out More
River Road Substation returns to service after infrastructure upgrades
Supply chain shortages and proactive infrastructure investments, including constructing seismic foundations and implementing control modernization, have played a role in the substation's return-to-service timeline.Find Out More
Public Power Week Poster Contest Winners 2023
The results are in! View the winning posters from EWEB's 2023 Public Power Week Poster Contest.Find Out More
The importance of managed electric vehicle charging explained
EWEB has much to handle related to EV charging infrastructure. To ensure that the switch from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles reduces the most emissions possible at the lowest cost possible, we need to implement managed EV charging.Find Out More
Fall is the perfect time to prepare for winter storm season
Winter is coming, which increases the likelihood of storm-related power outages. It's important to be prepared, and there are simple actions you can take right now.Find Out More
EWEB seeks public input on electric vehicle, demand response standards
EWEB is seeking public input on the potential adoption of updated standards for electric vehicles (EVs) and demand response programs. The potential standards are derived from the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA.Find Out More
As prices increase, what can you do to take control of monthly utility bills?
EWEB’s Board of Commissioners is considering rate changes in 2024. Here are some ways to save money and manage your bill, and how EWEB can help.Find Out More
Public Power Week Poster Contest 2023
It’s that time of year again! October 1-7 is Public Power Week. To celebrate, EWEB is holding our annual poster contest for fifth graders in our service area. Help us pick the winners.Find Out More
Salmon Return to Finn Rock Reach
Finn Rock Reach and other restoration projects throughout the Middle McKenzie provide conditions to help young fish survive to adulthood.Find Out More
EWEB programs reflect community values
EWEB is here to serve our customer-owners and provides programs that reflect the values of our community.Find Out More
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Currin Substation Rebuild Updates
April 20, 2023 • Robyn Smith, EWEB Communications
Follow along as the Currin Substation, the first of 10 substations in 10 years, is rebuilt from the ground up as part of EWEB's Capital Improvement Plan for major infrastructure investments to rehabilitate, replace, and install new infrastructure.
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April 20, 2023 - By Adam Spencer, EWEB Communications
Commissioners tour Currin Substation rebuild
This week, Electric Operations Manager Tyler Nice, Systems Engineering Supervisor Joshua Ruddick, and Senior Systems Engineer Philip Peterson walked Commissioners through the remains of the Currin Substation. The once and future "Grand Central Station" of EWEB's transmission grid is nearing the end of its deconstruction phase.
Built in 1962, Currin is the first of EWEB's 10 major substation rebuilds in the next 10 years that will increase load capacity to ensure we meet future needs and improve reliability by avoiding outages due to equipment failure.
Peterson is the lead engineer on the project. He explained that Currin is a major transmission hub with powerlines coming in from Bonneville Power Administration and Pacific Power and going out to power the Hayden Bridge Water Treatment Plant and the downtown core.
He said the upgraded Currin Substation will include redundancies that will allow for operational and maintenance flexibility, improving the reliability of this crucial location.
"What we'll have with the new Currin design is we can lose an entire bus and all the transmission lines and customers stay in service," he said. "We can have a single element be taken out for maintenance and no one would know just driving by because everything still has power."
"So the operational flexibility, the maintenance flexibility, that's what we're gaining with this project - in addition to all the new assets and new life spans."
As with all of EWEB's Capital Improvement Plan projects, the new Currin design also meets modern seismic standards for infrastructure to better withstand the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.
That's why most of the work for the next several months will be hard to observe unless you're on-sight - it's all underground.
"All substations we build nowadays feature seismic design elements based on industry knowledge and IEEE [Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering] standards," Peterson said. "And all of those standards tend to make foundations physically larger and substantially deeper. And all of that is to help prevent foundations and the equipment mounted to them from overturning or sliding during an earthquake scenario."
Peterson said he's excited to take on this new project
"It feels very exciting. This is the second substation I've built from the ground up and this one is head and shoulders, more complicated, a lot more going on and a lot more exposure to everyone. And it's awesome to be able to work on such an impactful project."
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April 12, 2023
Removing the old foundation
Over the past few weeks, we've been removing old foundation (pictured below) and other concrete at the Currin site. The old foundation is broken apart and hauled out with a dump truck for disposal.
Once this step is complete, the next phase will be drilling holes for the new foundation. Some of those news holes will be at least 30 feet deep to secure the new substation infrastructure.
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February 23, 2023
Deconstruction begins on Currin Substation near Garden Way and 105
The Currin substation near Garden Way and 105, was constructed in 1962 and is considered the “Grand Central Station” of EWEB’s electrical grid. A lot of power flows through this station. It feeds power from BPA and Pacific Corp. transmission lines to EWEB’s grid, connects power upriver to the Hayden Bridge filtration plant and to Eugene’s downtown electrical network. But, “Grand Central” is about to get a big makeover.
For the past year, EWEB’s electric division has been preparing for a complete reconstruction of the Currin substation. Quite simply, it’s reached the end of its useful life.
“We’ve discovered more and more failures in this substation over the years and the overall design of the station does not meet modern expectations,” said Philip Peterson, EWEB systems engineer.
Since the early 2000s, systematic upgrades to substation equipment have made operation of the 60-year-old station difficult as old and new equipment is unable to work together. Rebuilding the Currin substation will increase load capacity to ensure we meet future needs and improve reliability by avoiding outages due to equipment failure or routine maintenance.
While Currin is decommissioned, power will continue to flow from other substations that can easily handle the load and demand until Currin has been fully reconstructed, most likely by spring of 2024.
Erosion control construction on the site to mitigate construction debris is just finishing up and over the next few weeks, crews will begin demolition and removal of the aging infrastructure.
Your rates play a role in infrastructure improvements
Currin is just the first of several substations scheduled for a rebuild over the next ten years as part of EWEB’s major infrastructure investments through our Capital Improvement Plan for rehabilitating, replacing, and installing new infrastructure.
The electricity we all rely on would not be possible without the infrastructure that delivers it.
From power plants to distribution and transmission lines, substations, and transformers — utility infrastructure is a complex system that requires investment and maintenance to provide constant, reliable power.
Visit eweb.org/rateinfo to learn more about what goes into your EWEB rates and what you get for your money.
Pictured above: Erosion control fence installed at the Currin construction site.