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EWEB Hikes its Rates

EUGENE, Ore. — Starting May 1, Eugene Water and Electric Board customers may notice a spike in their energy bill.

EWEB will raise its rates starting Wednesday by about five percent on average for all customers. Commissioners gave the approval for the increase in December.

EWEB leaders say even though the rates will go up, there might not be too much of a difference since bills go down during the spring and summer months.

“This is the time of year when electricity usage for most households starts going down. And so the consumption generally will decrease, which would have the tendency of lowering your bill,” said Lance Robertson, EWEB Public Affairs Manager.

Robertson says they’ve been working to keep the rates from climbing even higher, but it will be tough with next year’s budget cuts.

They’re anticipating $11 million in budget cuts and that could lead to the elimination of 20 positions.

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  1. Billy's Mom says:

    Here we go again. What the heck is going on at EWEB? Raising rates, punishing us for saving energy by eliminating incentives . . . . . it is time for a new board of commissioners as well as new management.

  2. RB says:

    These rate increases are usually deliberately timed when they think people will not notice, until it is too late. Just another reason to move to Springfield, where taxes and utility rates are about half of what they are in Eugene.

  3. jason marks says:

    EWEB goes largely unchecked. The fox guards the hen house.
    Look at all the money spent on staffing levels, new equipment, new facilities on and on…
    Fat pay, fat retirement and hardly any accountability to the public.
    And guess what? You can’t do anything about it. That is why it is the way it is.

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