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
EWEB lead annual "Spill Drill"
EWEB coordinates drill as part of protecting Eugene’s drinking waterFind 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
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
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
EWEB establishes multipronged resiliency policy
Disaster recovery and prevention are being embedded in all operations and processes.Find Out More
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November 15, 2019
While with the utility just shy of three years, Matt's EWEB-origin story starts well before that. It begins in 1991 and involves an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
Growing up in New York, son to a father with a career in theatre, Matt had the opportunity to visit cities across the country. One such opportunity brought 10-year old Matt to Seattle and Portland to visit his father who was touring with The Phantom of the Opera. The trip made a lasting impression and 15 years later when deciding where to attend law school, Matt was drawn back to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
In 2010, Matt completed the joint JD/MBA at the University of Oregon with a focus on sustainability, especially as it pertains to the energy sector. He had his eye on a career in the utility industry.
"I was long on education and short on experience," jokes Matt.
He gained that experience over the next seven years with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). "I loved my job with BPA," says Matt. "But I was also ready to start a family and be a part of a smaller community. I wanted to come back to Eugene."
With EWEB on the cusp of a decade involving the renewal, replacement, or termination of major electric generating resource contracts, leadership sought to bring someone in with a legal background and knowledge in both power markets and portfolio management to be a part of the team that would guide the utility in making such significant decisions.
When Matt saw the opening for the newly formed Power Resources Counsel position he leaped at the opportunity.
"Professionally, I want the ability to do well, while also doing good," says Matt. "I can do that at EWEB. It is a relatively small utility, but also owns some hydroelectric generation, which builds in flexibility. On top of that, I believe in the public power model."
In his position, Matt coordinates with similar entities in the region and Bonneville to ensure EWEB has the best options available as we begin making power resource decisions in the coming years. It is reassuring to know we have people on the team like Matt, with not only the appropriate knowledge and experience, but possibly even more importantly a love of community-specifically, a love of our community.
Thank you Matt, for your role in providing customers with vital services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.