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By the Register-Guard, February 20, 2018:
The Eugene Water & Electric Board is offering grants to organizations and rebates to customers to encourage the use of clean energy.
Through March 31, the utility is offering an additional $350 incentive to customers who convert their natural gas or oil-burning system to a more energy-efficient heat pump or heat pump water heater system.
More than three-quarters of the electricity EWEB sells to its customers comes from hydroelectric dams, with the balance coming from other sources including wind power and a biofuels burning plant.
Upgrading to an energy-efficient system may lower a customer’s energy bill, the utility said.
EWEB already offers a $650 incentive for customers who install a ductless heat pump and $1,000 for a ducted system.
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In addition, EWEB is accepting applications for its Greenpower grant program worth up to $50,000 each to fund projects that increase the use of renewable energy sources and the adoption of emerging technologies and that reduce or offset Eugene’s carbon footprint.
The deadline is 5 p.m March 7. EWEB will announce the award of the grants in April. If there are at least five eligible proposals, active Greenpower customers will be able to vote for their favorite projects.
Funding for the grants comes from voluntary customer donations designated for reinvestment in local renewable projects and programs.
Thousands of EWEB customers voluntarily pay more each month, with EWEB using those funds as the program’s seed money. Customers can buy $1.50 or $10 “blocks” of Greenpower each month or pay an extra penny per kilowatt-hour of consumption.
The annual grants are open to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, academic institutions or government and other public agencies.
Funding criteria and grant applications are available at
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