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
Women in STEM: EWEB Engineer Laura Ohman's second degree brings a lifetime of benefits
EWEB Engineer Laura Ohman shares how getting her second degree was one of the most difficult and rewarding things she's ever accomplished.Find Out More
Bethel neighbors boost emergency preparedness during Emergency Water Station event
Staff gave out about 300 emergency water containers to enthusiastic community members eager to learn more about the water station.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 our servant leader and maker of tough decisions
Karen Kelley, Chief Operations Officer at EWEB, describes herself as a "servant leader," offering support and mentoring to four division managers at EWEB.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
Women in STEM: Meet the water quality specialist who ensures the safety of Eugene's drinking water
Brenda Casarez began working at EWEB in 2009, collecting samples from all over the water system testing for different contaminants.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 will close College Hill Reservoir site for Fourth of July
EWEB will continue the annual closure of its College Hill Reservoir over the Fourth of July holiday. For the past several years, EWEB has restricted access to the reservoir surface around the Fourth of July to ensure people do not set off fireworks which can damage the roof and potentially impact drinking water quality.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
- Show More
EWEB Announces COVID-19 Bill Repayment Assistance Programs
July 07, 2020
We're taking steps to help residential, business and non-profit customers maintain or re-establish good account standing and ensure all customers have access to reliable power and water at affordable rates.
We recognize this is a challenging time for many residents and businesses, and some may be struggling to keep up with utility payments. As a community-owned, nonprofit utility, we have always worked with our customers in crisis, and this time is no different.
Effective immediately, we are making recovery programs available to residential and commercial customers, including non-profits. Enrolled customers will be allowed six months to bring their accounts up to date. Small business and non-profit customers will be offered additional options for higher balances, including longer payback periods, the option to defer payments for up to 9 months, or to enroll in a reduced billing plan.
Basic Re-Payment Plan
Our Basic Re-Payment Plan is available to all customers (residential, business and non-profit) to help bring your account up to date over time and avoid disconnection of services. We can offer payment arrangements that spread a past due balance of up to $3,000 over several months with fixed installments.
Enhanced Re-Payment Plan
This offering for business and non-profit customers allows for a higher maximum balance and potentially a longer payback period. Eligible customers can repay a past-due balance of up to four-times the average monthly bill or $20,000 over 6-24 months and defer the first payment for up to 9 months.
Reduced Billing Plan
Eligible business and non-profit customers who are current on their EWEB account and are seeking to free-up cash for re-investment into their operations may apply for a Reduced Billing Plan. This plan allows fixed, reduced payments on future bills for the next 12 months. After 12 months, customers can choose to pay off any balance owed in one lump sum, or in fixed installments over the following 12-month period.
"During the first several months of the COVID-19 pandemic, EWEB responded by implementing short-term crisis programs that allowed customers who are financially impacted to defer payments without worrying about losing services or accruing late fees," said Anna Wade of EWEB's Customer Solutions team. "Now, in order to be good stewards of our customers' financial resources and keep the utility operationally and financially resilient, we need to shift to measures that help customers bring their accounts up-to-date over time."
Residential customers can enroll in payment plans by calling EWEB Customer Service at 541-685-7000 M-F from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Business and non-profit customers can enroll online.
Frequently Asked Questions about EWEB's moratorium on service disconnections:
Does the law prohibit EWEB from disconnecting services during the COVID-19 crisis?
No. There is no government-mandated moratorium on service disconnections at this time. EWEB voluntarily issued a pause on service disconnections, allowing customers who are financially impacted by the pandemic to temporarily defer payments without worrying about losing services.
Does the moratorium waive the customer's responsibility to pay his or her bills?
No. Customers are still responsible for paying their bills. Once normal business resumes, you will still owe EWEB for the services you received and the balance that has accrued.
How long will the disconnection moratorium last?
A date has not yet been set for resumption of service disconnections. As the utility and our entire community begin a gradual and responsible recovery process, we are closely monitoring the moratorium and impacts to customers.
What will happen to past-due accounts when the moratorium is over?
Services may be disconnected if the bill is not paid or a payment plan arranged.
How will I know if I'm at risk for future disconnection?
We are continuing to notify customers through usual channels if your account is past due. This includes a "Due Upon Receipt" message on your bill, a "Final Notice" mailed to the service address, and potentially a phone call or email from EWEB. Receiving a Final Notice signifies that your account may be eligible for future disconnection.
Visit our COVID-19 resource center for additional information about bill repayment programs for residential and business customers, EWEB's COVID-19 crisis plan, saving energy while spending more time at home, coronavirus safety measures, and more.