EWEB

Recorded On: October 13, 2017

Air Date: October 16, 2017

What happens at Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) affects all residents of Eugene and customers living up the McKenzie River, and EWEB has a new strategic plan. What changes are in store for your supply of electricity and water? More importantly, what changes are in store for your monthly bills? Is Eugene assured of a steady supply of clean, affordable power? Can we have a power supply that simultaneously makes both economic and environmental sense? Can carbon pricing really work for EWEB?

Eugene Water and Electric Board plans to distribute a $5-million dividend to its customers and cut its workforce in the next year.

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The State Department of Environmental Quality (or DEQ) says, with soil contaminants now removed, the city of Eugene can move ahead with development of property along the Willamette River. The 17-acre site was formerly the operations yard for Eugene Water and Electric Board.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) a grant for recovery costs related to last winter’s major ice storm.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.  

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The City of Eugene says it will purchase 16 acres of riverfront property from Eugene Water & Electric Board. The hope is to connect downtown to the Willamette River.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has approved $670-thousand for a Eugene utility to purchase sensors for an earthquake early warning system called Shake-Alert.

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About 1700 people in the south Willamette Valley are still without power this morning following an exceptionally strong spring storm. Flying limbs and falling trees brought down power lines across the territory serviced by Eugene Water and Electric Board.

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Access to two campgrounds and a popular reservoir east of Eugene will be closed for 5 years while Eugene Water and Electric rebuilds its primary powerhouse. The closures are effective Monday [March 27th].

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A $3 million fiber network project for downtown Eugene was announced today.  As KLCC's Brian Bull reports, it’s hoped that the development will boost commerce and communications significantly.  

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Sea urchins, ice cream and salsa don't have much in common, except that they're edible. But, they're also all harvested, grown or made in Oregon. This Monday at Lane Community College, the Local Food Connection brings community members, business owners and farmers together for a day of workshops and networking.

This is the conference's 11th year and event coordinator Jared Pruch says every time, attendees look forward to meeting other people who work in food-related fields that rarely overlap, like fishermen and ranchers.

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The Eugene Water and Electric Board held an open house last night.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the event followed one of the biggest outages the utility’s had to tackle. 

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Today, the Eugene Water and Electric Board – or EWEB -- is holding an open house to let customers weigh in on their response to last month’s ice storm.

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After one of the most severe ice storms in decades, Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) is reviewing lessons learned in its response to a major outage.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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As of Tuesday morning about 3,000 Eugene Water and Electric Board customers are without power. Crews are working to restore full power, but some residences might be without electricity for a few more days.

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UPDATE:  As of 4:30 pm Monday, EWEB now says 3,000 customers are without power. Utility crews continue to to work around the clock to restore power to affected areas. 

As of 11 a.m. Monday, 5,000  Eugene Water and Electric customers were still without power. The utility calls last week’s ice storm the most severe seen in decades with more than 20,000 customers losing electricity because of ice and tree damage.

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The new general manager (Frank Lawson) of Eugene Water and Electric Board wants to move out of their riverfront headquarters-- sooner than later.

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The Eugene Water and Electric Board Thursday selected Frank Lawson as General Manager. Lawson, who is a Eugene native, currently serves as EWEB’s Electrical Systems Engineering Supervisor.

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Eugene’s drinking water is among the best in the nation. That’s according to the Eugene Water and Electric Board’s annual quality report release this week.

EWEB to Raise Rates in February

Dec 2, 2015

EWEB customers will pay more for electricity and water starting in February. Tuesday Eugene Water and Electric Board commissioners approved a rate increase and called for a citizens’ advisory committee.

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With temperatures reaching between 90 and 100, the Eugene Water and Electric Board is asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use. Oregon, like many parts of the western U.S., is currently in a drought and experienced a record low snow pack this year. EWEB Spokesman Joe Harwood isn't anticipating any mandated water restrictions, like in certain parts of California.

Harwood: "We don't think that's going to happen, and that's why we're taking this voluntarily approach because just because you can use water, doesn't mean you always should."

EWEB - The Next 100 Years!

Jun 15, 2015

Recorded on: June 12th, 2015

Air Date: June 15th, 2015

Delivery of utility services like electricity and water could take new directions especially for publicly owned utilities like Oregon’s largest publicly owned utility, Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), a ratepayer-owned utility sometimes called one of the best in the nation.

EWEB is preparing to work on the next Integrated Electric Resource Plan (IERP) continuing community engagement to design a resilient energy future.

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene has coordinated a pilot project to bring high-speed fiber optic cable to three buildings downtown. Two were connected last week.

Fiber optic lines already span much of Eugene. The schools, the city, and major medical facilities have it. But a lot of other fiber is “dark.” It hasn’t been taken from its source to people who would use it. The city spent 100-thousand dollars to help light some of the dark cable, hoping to attract and retain businesses downtown. Economic Development Planner Anne Fifield says it’s not just tech companies who can benefit:

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The University of Oregon Foundation dropped a bombshell Tuesday when it announced it would not pursue the redevelopment of EWEB's riverfront property in downtown Eugene.

Eugene Water & Electric Board Commissioners chose the UO Foundation last October over two Portland developers to transform the utility's 17-acre diamond in the rough property along the Willamette River. But the Foundation has now backed out, saying the deal is too financially risky.

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Eugene Water and Electric Board is suing the firm that designed and engineered a roll-gate lifting system on the Leaburg Dam. Two of the three gates have failed.

Eugene Master Gardener Plant Sale Sprouting This Saturday

Apr 17, 2015
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The Lane County Master Gardener Association is holding its annual plant sale Saturday in downtown Eugene. But, organizers are worried the cancelation of the annual Earth Day event might impact turnout.

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The Eugene Water and Electric Board is hoping to get one of two malfunctioning roll gates on the Leaburg Dam repaired by mid-January.

One of three roll-gates broke down on the 85-year old dam on the McKenzie River in 2012. EWEB has been working on repairs and hopes to have it back in operation in a couple of weeks. Late last month, a 2nd roll-gate malfunctioned. EWEB spokesman Lance Robertson says the utility hasn’t yet determined why.  He says the dam is basically out of commission- with only one gate working.

People text donations, they text votes to reality shows, now they can text a power outage. In time for winter weather, the Eugene Water and Electric Board has launched a new reporting service.

EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood says when their system was overloaded in February’s snowstorm, they started working on a solution. During that storm they also had to educate some younger customers who didn’t know they had to tell EWEB when their power was out:

Several areas in Eugene were without power for about two hours Saturday afternoon. The outages started just before three p.m., affecting several thousand Eugene Water and Electric Board customers and a University of Oregon basketball game.

Four substations malfunctioned, taking out power to the U of O campus, and Whiteaker and Coburg Road neighborhoods. Traffic signals went dark during the outage and the second half of the women’s basketball game was delayed by over an hour while waiting for the power to come back on.

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The Eugene Water and Electric Board will host the construction and utilities career fair Thursday for Lane County high school students. 

More than 500 Lane County high school students will have the opportunity to work in construction, utility trade and road maintenance for a day. Joe Harwood, spokesman for EWEB says the idea is to inspire young people to pursue this kind of career.

UO Foundation

Eugene Water and Electric has chosen the University of Oregon Foundation as developer of its property along the Willamette River. EWEB Commissioners made the selection from three candidates at their Tuesday meeting.

The vote was 4 to 0. Joe Harwood is spokesman for EWEB. He says commissioners felt the U of O Foundation has a long term commitment to the community.

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