PGE Electric School Bus Fund

Helping schools drive clean

PGE is excited to once again partner with public school districts in our service area to help bring electric school buses to Oregon. Using funding from the Oregon Clean Fuels Program Oregon.gov Clean-Fuels, thanks to PGE customers who charge their EVs at home, PGE will pay for the incremental cost of an electric school bus and charging infrastructure.

How the Electric School Bus Fund works

If you have questions, contact us at electricschoolbus@pgn.com. In selecting project participants, PGE will look for:

Eligible project types include:

  • Public school districts wholly or partially located in PGE’s service area

  • Transportation contractors can apply in partnership with the school district they serve (may be more than one)

  • Previous grant recipients can apply again

Preference is given to projects:

  • Interest in exploring school bus fleet electrification

  • Commitment to engaging community, school, and/or other stakeholders in the project

  • Interest in using the electric bus in curriculum development around STEM, climate and/or sustainability

  • District commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

  • School districts that take advantage of other funding mechanisms

Funding timeline and process

The 2022 application opens on April 15, 2022 and closes on June 1, 2022 at 5pm PDT. Award recipients will be notified by July 29, 2022.

This is an open and competitive application process. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a third party, in accordance with established evaluation criteria.

Key milestones

Date

April 15, 2022

Milestone

PGE begins accepting applications to ElectricSchoolBus@pgn.com.

Date

June 1, 2022

Milestone

Application window closes at 5 PM PDT.

Date

Aug. 15, 2022

Milestone

Applicants notified of their funding status.

Date

Oct. 3, 2022

Milestone

Public announcement of award decision.

Applying to the Electric School Bus Fund

If your application is selected, PGE will provide:

  • The incremental cost of electric school buses (the difference in cost between the traditional bus and the electric bus), up to $500,000 per application;

    • For reference, the incremental cost is approximately $200,000 for a Type A electric school bus, and $250,000 for a Type C or D electric school bus.

  • Up to $50,000 towards a qualified Level 2 or DC Fast Charger and installation;

  • Optionally, PGE can provide a custom cost incentive towards the make-ready infrastructure and manage the design, permitting, procurement, and construction process through the PGE Fleet Partner program.

2021 Electric School Bus Fund awardees:

  • Beaverton School District

  • Centennial School District

  • Gresham-Barlow School District

  • Hillsboro School District

  • Portland School District

  • Salem-Keizer School District

Made possible by the Electric School Bus Fund

“We found the PGE Electric School Bus Fund to be easy to navigate. From application to completion of the project, the entire PGE team was friendly, helpful, and ready to assist with questions, issues, educating and walking us through the funding process. Once we received the award, PGE’s technical team was professional and timely in coming to our site to evaluate our needs and develop an installation plan for the high-voltage lines. PGE was very helpful in providing us several potential contractors who were familiar with their requirements and available to begin construction. The monthly check-ins were extremely helpful in navigating the many choices we faced regarding charging stations, wireless communication and technical expertise. Any district contemplating the addition of electric buses could not ask for a more engaged and supportive partner than PGE. We look forward to continuing to work with them as we expand our Electric School Bus implementation.”

– Craig Beaver, Transportation Administrator, Beaverton School District

Luke Whittemore, PGE engineer, charges one of the first electric school buses in Oregon

PGE Drive Change Fund

From transit buses and passenger vehicles to electric bikes and community service vehicles, the PGE Drive Change Fund is all about electrifying transportation in Oregon. Do you have a local electric vehicle adoption, EV charging infrastructure or education project you would like us to fund? Get in touch.

Matching Funds

Do you need to fund a transportation electrification project? In addition to the Drive Change Fund and Electric School Bus Fund, we also offer matching of external funds. Learn more about our funds here.