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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Meet Your New Commissioners
January 12, 2021
Local control is a hallmark of a publicly owned utility. The citizens of Eugene elect five commissioners to staggered four-year terms on the EWEB Board. Commissioners dedicate their service as volunteers without pay and are responsible for the overall governance of the utility. They set policies, approve the strategic plan and annual goals, and authorize financial matters such as the annual budget and electric and water prices.
At the January 2021 public meeting, three EWEB board members took the oath of office, including two newly elected commissioners.
John Barofsky was elected to represent Wards 2 and 3 and Matt McRae to Wards 1 and 8. The two seats on the Board were relinquished this year by former commissioners Dick Helgeson and Steve Mital who decided not to run for re-election after serving for eight years and seven years respectively. Sonya Carlson retained her seat for a second term representing Wards 6 and 7.
John Barofsky is a long-time Eugene resident and co-owns a local business, Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria. His dedication to supporting our community is evident by the expansive list of boards and committees he currently serves including the Fairmont Neighborhood Association (FNA), the City of Eugene Planning Commission, Travel Lane County, and the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Associate Executive Committee, Eugene Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and City of Eugene Street Bond Review Panel. Using his experience Commissioner Barofsky aims to keep rates low, protect our watershed, and further develop a clean, carbon-free power portfolio.
Matt McRae is the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Manager for Lane County. He has studied natural hazards that impact Eugene, including floods, winter storms, and earthquakes. He understands the risks and the solutions and will promote investments that make our community more resilient to extreme events. He also has an extensive background in climate change and energy matters including his service as the Climate Policy Strategist for Our Children's Trust and working as the Climate and Energy Analyst and Natural Hazards Specialist for the City of Eugene. Commissioner McRae will advocate for reliable and affordable renewable energy and clean drinking water and wants to see EWEB play a role in reducing our community's carbon footprint.
Rounding out the Board, Vice President John Brown has served as representative of Wards 4 and 5 since 2007, and Mindy Schlossberg, elected in 2019 to represent all customer-owners in the at-large position, is serving as president of the Board in 2021.
Commissioners hold regularly scheduled public meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. We welcome and encourage our customer-owners to attend.