EWEB’s Plan for Getting Us the Electricity We Need
Time: Noon to 1:15 pm
Venue: Maple Room at Inn at 5th, Market District
205 E 6th
Enter the Maple Room at Inn at the 5th near the north stairs to 5th Avenue. An optional lunch will be available from Cafe Yumm; please, no outside food. Park in the lot north of the railroad tracks on High or park west of Market Square on 5th.
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Eugene Water and Electric Board forecasts that electricity demand in Eugene is going to grow as people replace gasoline-powered cars and gas furnaces with electric vehicles and electric heat pumps. But where will EWEB get this additional electricity?
To assess the options, EWEB is developing an integrated resource plan (IRP). The plan forecasts Eugene’s electricity needs for the next 20 years and uses advanced modeling software to assess which combination of energy resources – such as wind, hydropower, solar, natural gas and others – might best fit Eugene’s needs. EWEB published the first draft of the IRP in December, and it suggested that one viable path forward is to continue relying on largely on hydropower, while supplementing with wind and batteries. But the analysis process is ongoing, and EWEB invites the community to participate in exploring various pathways to a future of reliable, affordable and clean energy.
Title: General Manager
Organization: Eugene Water and Electric Board
Frank Lawson is a highly respected voice on energy issues across the Northwest and has been the general manager of EWEB since 2016. At EWEB, he directs Oregon’s largest consumer-owned electric utility, leading approximately 500 employees as they provide water and electricity to about 200,000 customers in the Eugene area. A registered professional engineer in the State of Oregon, Frank has over 30 years of technical and management experience in various areas including engineering, marketing, operations, customer service, sales, and finance. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Northwest Christian University.