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
Preparation and Resilience: How EWEB Maintained Water Service During Recent Ice Storm
Learn about the projects and people that helped EWEB keep water flowing throughout the extreme weather event.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 focusing on restoring electric service for Hayden Bridge Water Filtration Plant
With more ice forecasted for Tuesday, all EWEB crews are in the field assessing outages and restoring power.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
Start the New Year saving money with energy saving tips
We know that saving money is important to our customers. Using energy and water wisely is a great way to reduce your monthly utility bill, even as the costs of electricity and water rise. EWEB has several steps you can take to reduce your usage and even make your home feel more comfortable.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
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Stay cool during extreme heat events
August 14, 2023 • Ashley Cissna, EWEB Communications
Over the next several days Lane County is forecasted to reach temperatures upwards of 100 degrees. Here at EWEB, we are ready to deal with the stress that extreme heat may place on our electric system. We encourage customers to be prepared, stay cool and hydrated and practice safety by developing an emergency plan and checking in on neighbors.
Extreme heat can impact the electric grid.
EWEB has enough energy to supply customers, but extreme heat can create "peak demand" events that tax the regional grid as people crank up air conditioning units to stay safe and cool.
Improving the overall energy efficiency of your home is critical in contributing to a more stable and resilient grid. Homes with efficient heating and cooling systems and good insulation use less energy, which can be important in extreme weather events. EWEB offers several loans and rebate programs to help offset the cost of upgrading windows, insulation, and more.
Using less electricity during peak usage times can also benefit our local grid and power resources. Shifting energy use to "off-peak" can be as simple as running the dishwasher, charging your electric car, or doing the laundry later at night (after 9 p.m.). Learn more about peak power.
Finally, watching our water use can help the grid as well. It takes a lot of energy to treat and deliver the water you use every day. It takes even more energy to turn it into hot water. Saving water saves energy, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Fixing leaks around the house, taking shorter showers, and planting "water-wise" landscapes are also great ways to take care of our water source, the beautiful McKenzie River.
Cooling tips for your home
Air conditioning is one way to cool your home, but the energy use can quickly add up on your utility bill. A combination of proper insulation, energy-efficient windows and doors, shading, and ventilation will usually keep your home cool, with a low amount of energy use. Here are a few additional tips to help you stay cool over the next several days of forecasted high temperatures:
- Depending on the air quality, open your windows at night to take advantage of the naturally cooler night air. Opening multiple windows helps to increase cross ventilation and provide a cooling draft.
- Keep your windows and doors closed during the hottest parts of the day. If you have air conditioning, close the doors to unused rooms so you aren’t working to cool unnecessary areas of your home.
- Shade the windows of your home. External shades and trees are best, but even just using a curtain or other window covering inside the home can prevent the sun from warming the inside of your home.
- Use a fan instead of the air conditioning. Moving area feels cooler, so give your AC unit a break and set up a few fans to create an air flow through your living space.
- Think about how you are preparing meals. Ovens and ranges can put off a lot of heat, so consider an alternative cooking method, such as a slow cooker, pressure cooker or microwave. If the air quality is ok, use a grill or camp stove to avoid heating the kitchen.
If necessary, take advantage of one of the many cooling centers available in Lane County to help you beat the heat. Remember to drink plenty of water and stay indoors or in the shade as much as possible. Heat related illness is a real and serious threat when temperatures rise, particularly for young children, adults 65 and older, and people with chronic illness, are overweight, work outdoors or have a low income. Learn to recognize the signs of heat related illnesses and check on your friends and family. The best way to protect yourself from the harmful effects of excessive heat is to stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed.
Plan ahead for emergencies
EWEB crews are getting ready to deal with the stress that extreme heat may place on our electric system. While we hope to avoid power outages, we always encourage customers to plan ahead for staying cool, fed, and hydrated in the event the power does go out.
Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices. Create an outage kit with a few basic items, such as:
- Stored or bottled water
- Flashlights and fresh batteries
- Back-up batteries for cellphones
- Battery-powered or hand-held fans
- Frozen cold packs
Plan ahead to relocate to a friend or family member's home or to a shelter, especially if you have a medical condition that requires electricity or you'll need to work or learn from home during an outage. Find more emergency preparedness tips and sign up for EWEB's Pledge to Prepare at eweb.org/emergencyprep. To receive EWEB related emergency alerts, sign-up for our emergency alert emails.
Saving money on your energy bill may be easier than you think. Check out tips that could deliver real savings.
Together, we prepare. Find information about preparing your household for an emergency, and learn about EWEB's Water Reliability Initiative.