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
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 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
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
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 lead annual "Spill Drill"
EWEB coordinates drill as part of protecting Eugene’s drinking waterFind 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
EWEB Prepares for the Annual Observance of "Imagine a Day Without Water"
Water infrastructure is essential, invaluable, and in need of continuous investment. Read how EWEB's Staff and Board of Commissioners are working to safeguard Eugene's water future.Find Out More
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
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EWEB To Hold First of Two Public Hearings on Proposed 2024 Budget and Prices
November 06, 2023 • Jen Connors, EWEB Communications
Earlier this year, EWEB kicked off a multi-month planning process that will culminate in December with the adoption of a 2024 budget and rates for electric and water customers.
The total proposed electric and water utility budget for 2024 is $471.5 million, a decrease of 0.4% or $2.1 million.
The overall budget reduction underscores EWEB’s commitment to controlling costs and operating as efficiently as possible. Even as we deal with a bubble of aging infrastructure that requires massive investment, we are finding ways to manage expenses responsibly and leverage prudent financial practices.
Despite a slight decrease in the overall budget, there is a proposed increase in customer rates in 2024 due to a greater portion of funding for large infrastructure projects coming from rates rather than borrowing, compared to 2023.
At the Nov. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting, EWEB staff will present a proposed budget that includes the following residential rate increases, which are necessary to support utility operations and make needed infrastructure investments:
- Basic charge: Increase $1.50 per month
- Usage charge: Increase less than 1 cent per kilowatt hour
- Basic charge: Increase $1.85 per month
- Usage charge: Increase approximately 14 cents per 1,000 gallons
*Inside City limits based on 9,000 gallons average usage. Excludes wholesale customers and elevation pumping charges.
If approved, beginning in February 2024 the average household would pay around $14 more per month, or 48 cents per day, for electricity and water combined. This is based on using 9,000 gallons of water and 1,600 kWh of electricity; actual bill changes may be lower or higher depending on actual usage.
Nov. 7 is the first of two public hearings on the 2024 proposed Electric and Water Utility budgets and price proposals. To watch the Board meeting, or to learn how to provide public comment, visit EWEB.org/Board. At the Dec. 5 Board meeting, after a second public hearing, Management will request approval of the proposed 2024 Budgets and prices.
Your rates keep the lights on and the water flowing
As a customer-owned utility, EWEB does not operate to earn a profit or to serve the investment needs of stockholders. That means that unlike an investor-owned utility, there are no profit margins or shareholder dividends built into your EWEB rates. Everyone in the community is a co-owner of $1.3 billion of assets that deliver clean, safe, and reliable power and drinking water.
Like power and water utilities around the country, most of our community’s electric and water infrastructure was built in the 1960s and 70s, is reaching end of life, and needs investment to continue providing safe and reliable power and water.
As an EWEB customer, you own and help fund that infrastructure. When you pay your EWEB bill, you’re not just paying for the electricity and water you used, you are investing in the health, safety, livability, and economic future of your community.