PGE Electric School Bus Fund

Electric School Buses are here!

In February 2021, Beaverton School District received the first electric school buses in Oregon. These were funded through PGE’s Electric School Bus Program in 2020, along with 4 other electric buses going to Reynolds, Salem-Keizer, Portland, and Newberg school districts.

PGE Electric School Bus Fund for 2021

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 it works

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.

  • Funding for the electric bus charger of your choosing and all associated installation costs;

  • Funding for bus driver and technician training;

  • Technical assistance to school districts throughout the process, including site assessments, guidance on charger and bus selection, and monthly check-in calls and

  • Optionally, PGE can manage the design, permitting, procurement, and construction process if recipients decide to not hire a contractor.


How it works, from an award recipient

“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

Eligibility

  • 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


How to apply and more information


Timeline

Timeline
*tentative dates

Date

April 15, 2021

Milestone

PGE begins accepting applications to ElectricSchoolBus@pgn.com.

Date

June 1, 2021

Milestone

Application window closes at 5 PM PDT.

Date

Aug. 15, 2021*

Milestone

Applicants notified of their funding status.

Date

Aug. 31, 2021*

Milestone

Public announcement of award decision.


Selection criteria

In selecting project participants, PGE will look for:

  • 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

If you have questions, contact us at electricschoolbus@pgn.com.