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EWEB Drops Proposal To Raise Flat Rate


In response to public outcry, the Eugene Water and Electric Board has dropped a proposal to raise its flat rate for electricity by $10.

The proposal would have boosted EWEB's basic charge for electricity from $20 to $30 a month.

Harwood: "After hearing an uproar from the community, the Board of Commissioners took the $10 increase to the basic charge off the table."
EWEB Spokesman Joe Harwood says the utility is looking at how to cover fixed costs and deal with a 7 % boost in wholesale rates from the Bonneville Power Administration. EWEB Commissioners may decide to pass on that increase to customers, which would be a 2.5 %increase in electric rates.  

Harwood: "The 2nd alternative that commissioners want to talk about is a more phased approach to rate reform that would include a $5 increase to the basic charge."

EWEB Commissioners meet again on December 1st. Harwood says the utility is also looking to expand its program offering assistance to low income customers with paying their power bills.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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