Nine days without power: My ice storm story as an EWEB customer and employee
While beautiful and peaceful, buying a home on the edge of the forest and surrounded by trees has its tradeoffs. Moving “upriver,” I knew there would be more threats to prepare for, including Mother Nature’s seasonal surprises.Find Out More
EWEB achieves power restoration milestone over the weekend
Crews have so far restored power for 92% of customers who originally lost power at the height of the ice storm.Find Out More
Reenergized McKenzie River Valley transmission lines allow EWEB crews to restore power upriver
On Friday, a majority of EWEB crews tackled power restoration efforts upriver, after federally managed transmission lines were reenergized Thursday.Find Out More
EWEB estimates one week to complete power system restoration
On Wednesday, EWEB crews restored power for about 10,000 customers by repairing large equipment first.Find Out More
Second round of ice and ensuing thaw prompt mass power outages
On Wednesday, all EWEB crews, who have been working nonstop since Saturday, traversed EWEB’s service territory assessing the damage and restoring transmission lines and main power feeders.Find Out More
Power restored at EWEB’s water treatment plant
Crews restored electric power at EWEB's Hayden Bridge Water Filtration Plant Monday evening, allowing operators to switch off the generators and rely again on the grid. Meanwhile, EWEB crews brace for additional outages amidst second round of ice and during the coming thaw.Find Out More
EWEB crews making downed lines safe and restoring power across Eugene and the foothills
As EWEB works to restore electric service to customers affected by the ice storm, the customer-owned utility is following established policies and its “hierarchy of repair” to prioritize repairs that restore electric service to the greatest number of customers.Find Out More
Leaburg Decommissioning Action Plan
Plan details next steps through regulatory processes to begin dismantling Leaburg Dam by 2032.Find Out More
What’s ahead in 2024: General manager’s message to EWEB customer-owners
At the start of the new year, we back at accomplishments from 2023 and look ahead at what's to come in 2024.Find Out More
Currin Substation: End of year update
EWEB Engineer Philip Peterson explains what's been happening in the final stretch to complete the substation rebuild.Find Out More
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 fulfilling 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
Let's talk turkey. If a disaster strikes, is your family ready?
Many of us avoid discussing politics over the dinner table in the spirit of family peace and harmony. But here's a topic that can bring everyone together: emergency preparedness.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
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
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EWEB Commissioners Present Awards for Poster Contest
October 18, 2019
For the fifth year running, EWEB held a poster contest for area fifth graders in honor of Public Power Week. EWEB Commissioners this week stopped by classrooms around Eugene to present winning artists with awards.
The theme of the 2019 contest was, "Brought to you by electricity..." asking students to consider how they use electricity in their daily lives. Nearly 300 students from area schools submitted entries that varied from focusing on technology that many people now take for granted to considering what life would be like without readily available electricity.
EWEB staff selected six winning posters (there was a tie for third place). Commissioners stopped by the students' classrooms to deliver an award and briefly talk about the role electricity plays in the community.
"It is very rewarding to see the students light up when presented with the award and watching them explain to their classmates what they did for their poster. It's just a great interaction," says EWEB Commissioner John Brown.
Who owns your utility?
There are three types of electric utilities: public power, rural electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities.
EWEB is a public utility, meaning we are community-owned and do not operate to earn a profit or to serve the investment needs of stockholders. Instead, EWEB is chartered by the City of Eugene to serve the interests of its citizens. We are owned by the people of Eugene and it's our job to provide reliable, affordable water and electricity for our customers.
During Public Power Week, local students learn about and celebrate the advantages that locally-owned and operated electric utilities provide.
2019 Public Power Week Poster Contest Winners
First Place, Morgan from O'Hara Catholic School
Second Place, Lillian from Awbrey Park Elementary
Third Place (tie), Alice from O'Hara Catholic School
Third Place (tie), John from O'Hara Catholic School
Fourth Place, Josie from Gilham Elementary
Fifth Place, Paige from El Camino del Rio Elementary
As a public utility, EWEB has a role to play in shaping the future by engaging with the next generation on the value of public power and the critical role it plays in the vitality of the community.
Learn more about how EWEB supports local education programs.