Eugene Water & Electric Board

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Eugene Water & Electric Board
Type Public utility
Industry Electricity, Water
Founded 1911
Headquarters Eugene, Oregon, USA
Employees 500+
Website www.eweb.org

The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) is Oregon's largest customer-owned utility. Founded in 1911, EWEB provides electricity and water to more than 86,000 customers in and near Eugene, Oregon.

Chartered by the City of Eugene, a five-member Board of Commissioners is elected by the citizens of Eugene and governs the utility.[1] Four commissioners are elected by their respective geographic wards; a fifth commissioner is at-large and elected by all of Eugene's voters. This board retains full control and sets policies for the water and electric utilities.[1]

Electric resource portfolio[edit]

More than 95 percent of the electricity EWEB needs to serve its customers comes from hydropower, wind and other sources that do not generate carbon-based emissions that are linked to global warming.[2]

Most of this electricity comes from the federal Bonneville Power Administration and from EWEB's own hydroelectric projects.[3] EWEB was the first public utility in Oregon to own a wind farm, and the utility has contracts to purchase a substantial amount of wind and geothermal power generated in the Northwest.[2]

EWEB-owned power projects[edit]

Hydro Wind Steam Co-generation
Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project Foote Creek Rim Wind Project EWEB/International Paper Steam Co-generation Plant
Smith Creek Hydroelectric Project Harvest Wind Wauna Steam Co-Generation Project
Leaburg-Walterville Hydroelectric Project
Stone Creek Hydroelectric Project

Electric resource plan[edit]

EWEB’s Integrated Electric Resource Plan[4] provides a road map for future resource decisions. The current plan, developed with the help of citizens, sets two priorities:

  • Continue an aggressive energy conservation effort, then
  • Acquire renewable power to meet any increase in demand that cannot be offset by conservation efforts

EWEB's renewable energy programs include EWEB Greenpower and a solar electric program.[5]

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