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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Highlights of the November 1st EWEB Board of Commissioners meeting
November 08, 2022
At the Nov. 1st board meeting, EWEB Commissioners got an update on the budget and rates for next year and the EWEB quarterly report.
2023 Budget & Rates
EWEB anticipates raising its water and electric rates as it adjusts to inflation, the cost of providing water and electricity, and paying for infrastructure projects in the future.
EWEB staff presented their proposed budget for 2023. It includes a 4% electricity rate increase and a 6% water rate increase for residential customers. These are to address increases in cost of service and fund several major infrastructure projects, including upgraded water storage and a new water treatment plant on the horizon.
The board is scheduled to have another 2023 budget hearing in December during which our customer-owners are invited to provide testimony on proposed adjustments.
Quarter 3 Highlights
In the 3rd quarter, EWEB implemented our wildfire mitigation plan. We also experienced our first public safety power shut-off affecting approximately 3,000 customers in the McKenzie Valley the weekend after Labor Day because of red flag fire conditions.
EWEB staff has had to plan around supply chain issues over the past months, which have created delays and higher costs for projects.
“I do have to compliment really, not just our procurement staff, which has done a really good job of mitigating that, but also the people who work and schedule and plan activities in operations,” said EWEB General Manager Frank Lawson, “We’ve had to shuffle a lot of those projects around to accommodate where and when and how we can manage materials through that.”
EWEB continues to make progress on new, seismically-resilient water storage near E. 40th and Patterson St. . Lawson said on his latest visit to the site, he observed the foundation had been laid for both tanks.
“When I was out there the other day, almost a circumference completed on the tank to the east,” Lawson said. “And it’s very impressive. Very large. And will serve the community for many years.”
In the 3rd Quarter, we also got the results of an in-depth customer survey, which asked customers to prioritize utility programs and initiatives. More than 1,000 surveys were returned, and the majority of respondents (74%) reported they have high trust and confidence in EWEB. Reliability and affordability are the top priorities when it comes to EWEB’s core services.
EWEB continues to make progress on our customer facing programs, including energy efficiency work which is at over 100% of target and under budget, with nearly 350 residential and business efficiency projects completed year-to-date and 5,000 megawatt hours of energy saved. EWEB’s E-Bike rebate program has been popular with customers with more than 540 customers receiving the $300 rebate so far this year.
EWEB’s 2022 Organizational Goals have shown good progress with 10 of our 14 goals and sub-goals on track. Goals with longer term advancement include developing a policy on diversity, equity, and inclusion, permitting and planning for the Willamette Treatment Plant, development of the Electric Master Plan, and sale of the EWEB riverfront headquarters building.
EWEB General Manager Frank Lawson shared the news that NW Natural withdrew their application to the Oregon Public Utilities Commission to build a 1 MW electrolyzer on property next to EWEB’s Roosevelt Operations Center. The electrolyzer would have produced green hydrogen that NW Natural planned to blend into natural gas pipelines serving homes in West Eugene. In withdrawing their application, NW Natural said they want to engage with the community more before they move forward.
EWEB Commissioners are elected and serve as volunteers. Their meetings are open to the public. Customers and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend in-person or view the live stream. Learn more at eweb.org/board.