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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How does EWEB recover the costs of serving customers
Here’s an overview of the three primary ways EWEB recovers the costs of serving customers and generates the funds needed to keep the power on and the water flowing.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 the woman responsible for managing our wholesale energy agreements to ensure we meet our customers energy needs
Megan Capper, the Energy Resource Manager at EWEB, began her career working in economics at BPA before joining the power planning department EWEB, ensuring we can meet the energy needs of our our customers today, tomorrow and 20 years from now.Find Out More
Substations – The resilient spine of EWEB’s electric system
The substation redundancy ensures reliable power continues to flow to homes and businesses despite unexpected equipment failures and routine maintenance.Find Out More
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Right Tree, Right Place, Right Time
October 01, 2019
Fall is a great time to plant trees. Mother nature will shower your new addition with plenty of water ahead of the growing season. While trees bring shade, privacy and curb appeal, they can also bring an increase in power outages if they interfere with overhead power lines. Before you head to the local garden center and select your new foliage, consider a few tips.
1. Assess the location
When selecting a tree, consider size and growth. The tree should fit comfortabally in the available space 25 years from now. Don't forget to look up during this assessment! If you are planting under or near power lines, you will need to take extra care. If you happen to be in an area with underground electric utilities, remember to keep at least six feet away from pad-mounted transformers so utility workers have clear access.
2. Select a power line friendly species
To reduce the risk of trees and branches coming into contact with power lines and causing power outages, choose a species that grows no higher than 25 feet and seldom needs pruning for power line clearance. There are a number of species to choose from, including both deciduous and evergreen varieties. You will find species that flower, such as the flowering cherry; species that develop spectacular fall color, like some dogwoods; and even some that provide a lovely scent, such as lilacs. With over 20 species suitable to our local climate, you are sure to find an option that matches your needs.
3. Call before you dig
Planting a tree can require digging a significant hole. Be sure to call 811 to locate any underground utilities at least three days before you plan to put your shovel in the ground. You can also request locates online.
4. Oops! What if you have an existing tree growing into power lines?
When pruning or removing trees, safety should be your number one concern. If you see power lines in or near the tree you are planning to work on, please get in touch with EWEB. Call 541-685-7148 or complete our online tree trimming request form.
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