City of Eugene buys $570K electric street sweeper

EUGENE, Ore. - The City of Eugene spent $570,000 to purchase an electric street sweeper. How much does a fossil-fuel powered street sweeper cost? Large broom sweeper run $350,000 to $400,000, depending on manufacturer and options. "The City of Eugene has taken the next step towards a sustainable future with...
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Broodstock captured for hatchey

LEABURG: Operations weren't normal for the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife teams counting salmon at Leaburg Dam this year due to a camera malfunction that lost some of the early data from March. In addition, the fish ladder was shut down a good portion of the summer when fish sorting was underway, causing all the fish to go through the left bank ladder.
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Vegetation management takes to the skies with helicopter tree trimming

Keeping trees and brush from tripping transmission lines out of service, possibly sparking wildfires and compromising public safety, is a year-round job for the Bonneville Power Administration. With lines traversing 8,500 miles of right-of-way corridors, many in rugged and forested Northwest terrain, sometimes it's safer to take an aerial approach to vegetation management. A helicopter equipped with a saw can quickly and safely trim tree tops and overreaching limbs.
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Do Cities Dream of Electric Stoves?

Before making its way into your gas stove, natural gas begins its journey as super-heated, decomposed plants and animals deep beneath the Earth’s surface. From there, the methane-laden fossil fuel is extracted from the ground, processed and sent to homes through gas pipelines owned and operated by gas utilities. These companies typically pay fees to local governments in what are called franchise agreements, allowing them to freely lay and maintain pipes under the city’s roads.

To cut carbon, Eugene seeks path to electric future

The Eugene City Council is seeking ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while heating or cooling buildings. One way is to phase out natural gas, which is a fossil fuel. The City Council is considering requiring all new construction to install electric heating and cooling systems. But, there’s concern about the capacity for EWEB to supply power to the full city. And Eugene is negotiating with Northwest natural on its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Heating costs for your home could go up for the winter season

EUGENE, Ore. -- The pandemic and supply chain issues have caused recent sticker shock for just about everything, including some ways to heat your home. Between items on backorder and delayed shipping, Lifestyle Propane manager Shay Roll said they've had no choice but to increase their everyday prices. "Unfortunately, it's...

The Eugene Science Center has eyes on EWEB's riverfront building

What better place to learn about water and power than an old utility building? The Eugene Science Center has eyes on the Eugene Water and Electric, or EWEB building near the Willamette River. Executive Director Tim Scott said in 2019, the Eugene Science Center broke attendance records and had to...

Eugene Science Center leaders eye EWEB administration buildings for new home

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Science Center (ESC) leaders say they have the chance to create a world-class science center in Downtown Eugene, and they are asking for the public’s thoughts. They say this site would connect youth with professionals, researchers with curious students and businesses with future employees. This all...

Blast at EWEB reservoir site pelts neighboring Eugene home with rocks

The Eugene Water & Electric Board successfully conducted an underground blast at its South Hills reservoir construction site Tuesday after implementing new protocols to stop mishaps like during a blast the week before that pelted a neighboring house with rocks. EWEB is excavating part of an urban forest it owns...

EWEB proposes back-up water treatment plant in Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. — EWEB is proposing an additional water treatment plant in the Willamette River as a back-up resource. Currently, the McKenzie River Plant is Eugene's single source for drinking water. The new location up for consideration is off of McVay Highway and Franklin Boulevard. Nothing is set in stone...

Blasting to resume Tuesday on EWEB water storage project in South Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene Water & Electric Board expects underground blasting to resume Tuesday after the utility and its contractor investigated an incident where a blast sent debris flying, damaging the siding on a nearby home. "The blasting contractor has submitted a plan to EWEB for preventing incidents like...