We're figuring out new ways to balance our energy use so we can lower energy costs and use more sustainable resources at peak times. In the Test Bed, we are testing new programs (and offering new benefits). Test Bed participants get special perks, and together we'll build a cleaner, brighter tomorrow. We all win!
Smart Grid technology lets us create a community-driven approach to develop and test solutions to some of the region's most pressing challenges. In the Smart Grid Test Bed — a multi-year learning program around Hillsboro, Milwaukie and in North Portland — community members get rewarded for taking simple actions that shift their energy use away from peak times, which enables a smarter, more flexible and more efficient energy grid.
Here’s what you can look forward to if you live or operate your business in a Test Bed neighborhood.
Did you know that you can support our Smart Grid Test Bed community while also saving at amazing local restaurants, grocers, bakeries and other businesses that purchase renewable power? As a Smart Grid Test Bed resident, you have access to coupons through the free Chinook Book mobile app.
Be on the lookout for activation codes we will be sending this season.
From smart grid-connected appliances and battery storage to Home EV charging incentives, you get early access to programs designed to help you reduce energy and save money.
See below for details.
Test Bed participants are automatically enrolled in new energy saving programs like Peak Time Rebates, and have access to other innovative programs:
EV Charging Pilot
Get a rebate of up to $500 and up to $25 in bill credits per season when you install a qualified electric vehicle charger as part of our EV Charging Pilot Program.
Smart Battery Pilot
Turn your home battery system into a money-maker. Earn a rebate up to $3,000 towards a new connected battery plus earn up to $40 in bill credits per month by connecting your battery to our grid.
Smart Water Heater Rewards
Earn up to $25 in bill credits each year while enjoying hot water whenever you need it!
If you have a qualifying smart water heater, we’ll automatically shift the heating of your water to a time of the day or night when demand is lower. It’s easy – your water heater does all the work and you get all the rewards! Learn more and enroll.
Ductless Heat Pump Rewards
Have a ductless heat pump? Get a free Flair Puck Wi-Fi thermostat for enrolling and up to $25 per year for participating in peak events.
When energy use is high and we call a Peak Time Event, your new Flair Puck smart thermostat will adjust your ductless heat pump by about two degrees for a few hours. You don’t have to do anything but sit back and collect the rewards. Learn more and enroll.
Businesses in the Test Bed also get perks for saving energy when they participate in the Energy Partner Smart Thermostat program.
Energy Partner Smart Thermostat
Get free smart thermostats that help your business use a little less energy when others are using more.
The Energy Partner program pays your business to reduce or shift some of your energy use for a few hours when demand is high – usually hot summer or cold winter days. If everyone uses a little less energy during these times, it decreases the need to buy more expensive power to meet that demand, which helps keep energy prices lower for everyone.
The smart grid is a necessary upgrade to meet our shared climate and community goals. The Test Bed will be the hub that brings together separate pieces of technology and energy delivery to produce a more integrated grid for the future.
To build the Test Bed, we will upgrade existing feeders and substations — the equipment we use to move electricity — with advanced automation distribution technologies. These upgraded sensors, processors and communication devices can help improve reliability and service quality. They’ll also transform the traditional one-way flow of electricity into a two-way flow of electricity and information.
Do you have more questions about the Test Bed or smart grids? We’d be glad to answer them. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know.