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 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
Leaburg Decommissioning Action Plan
Plan details next steps through regulatory processes to begin dismantling Leaburg Dam by 2032.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 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
River Road Substation returns to service after infrastructure upgrades
Supply chain shortages and proactive infrastructure investments, including constructing seismic foundations and implementing control modernization, have played a role in the substation's return-to-service timeline.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
EWEB seeks public input on electric vehicle, demand response standards
EWEB is seeking public input on the potential adoption of updated standards for electric vehicles (EVs) and demand response programs. The potential standards are derived from the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA.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
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Work Underway On New McKenzie River Substation
July 14, 2017
Work is underway on a new, 115-kilovolt substation on 31 acres off of Holden Creek Lane and the McKenzie Highway.
The $5.8 million project will eventually replace the Leaburg Substation, which was built in the early 1930s and sits next to our Leaburg Powerhouse. The new substation will be located about 1/4 mile west of the existing Leaburg Substation.
The new Holden Creek Substation will improve the resiliency of our McKenzie River transmission system, save money and offer better environmental protection for the river, said Philip Peterson, an EWEB senior engineer.
When the Leaburg Powerhouse was completed in 1931, the 69-kilovolt substation was built adjacent to it along the river. By building a new substation about 1,000 feet to the west and farther away from the river, we eventually will be able to decommission the old substation and remove the transformers, which collectively hold about 11,000 gallons of mineral oil.
Along with the benefits of being located farther from the river, the modern transformers at the Holden Creek Substation will be filled with FR3 fluid, an environmentally friendly vegetable oil.
When construction work on the new substation is finished in the first quarter of 2018, it eventually will tie into the Bonneville Power Administration's transmission line, which runs adjacent to the Holden Creek property. That connection is expected to occur next summer or fall.
Once connected to the BPA transmission lines, we will be able to remove most of the old Leaburg substation. In the years after, we will be able to remove about 14 miles of transmission lines that run between the Leaburg and Walterville generation facilities.
"The removal of the transmission lines between Walterville and Leaburg will include all of EWEB's transmission lines that are visible from Highway 126, including the legally installed, but somewhat disconcerting lines that cross over the Walterville Elementary School activity fields," said EWEB senior engineer Richard Jeffryes, the primary designer of the project.
"Once those lines are gone, kite flying at the school will be much enhanced," Jeffryes said.