The “race” to electrification comes to Portland

June 22, 2023

As the proud supplier of power to the Portland International Raceway, we can feel the excitement buzzing this weekend in anticipation of electric excellence hitting the racetrack. With community members turning their eyes to the race, now is a good opportunity to highlight some of the ways PGE is enabling customers to participate in the transportation electrification transition.

In Oregon, about 40% of emissions come from the transportation sector. Electrifying transportation provides one of the most significant opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants – especially in underserved communities.

5 ways PGE is empowering customers to go electric

  1. Forecasting and planning to serve electric load: PGE recently filed our draft Transportation Electrification Plan with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, which outlines PGE’s strategy for forecasting, serving and managing new TE load. This filing also highlights PGE’s efforts to ensure the electrified future is both accessible and inclusive to our customers, with 58% of the investments allocated to addressing the needs of underserved communities.

  2. Funding school districts and nonprofits: PGE’s Drive Change Fund and Electric School Bus Fund, made possible by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Fuels Program, provide grants to school districts and nonprofit organizations to meet their electrification goals. Thanks to the Electric School Bus Fund, the Beaverton, Gresham-Barlow, Portland, Salem-Keizer and Tigard-Tualatin school districts were chosen to be recipients of the 2022 Electric School Bus Fund based on their commitments to meet the needs of underserved communities and incorporate the buses more broadly into student education around climate science.

  3. Providing incentives and rebates to charge EVs smartly: PGE’s Smart Charging program offers rebates to customers help them charge faster at home with a Level 2 charger. Participants also receive credits for allowing PGE to shift charging to times when energy demand and prices are lower.

  4. Taking out the guesswork for fleets going electric: The Fleet Partner Program helps businesses and municipalities transition their fleets by providing cost analysis, design, construction and other support services from start to finish. PGE expects to upgrade 75 fleet depots to support over 1,000 EVs from delivery vans to school buses to heavy-duty tractor-trailers.

  5. “Walking the talk” with PGE’s own fleet electrification: More than 60% of PGE’s entire fleet will be electric by 2030, including 100% of Class 1 vehicles (sedans, SUVs, small pickups — even forklifts), by 2025.

With EVs’ reduced emissions, cost savings at the gas pump and significantly improved range compared to early models, a growing number of customers are interested in going electric. PGE is ready to meet them with the “electric fuel” to help them cross the finish line in the race to electrification!

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company that generates, transmits and distributes electricity to over 900,000 customers in 51 cities across the state of Oregon. For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy. To deliver on its strategy and meet state targets, PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees committed to partnering with stakeholders to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2040. PGE customers set the standard for prioritizing clean energy with the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the country. Additionally, for the fifth year in a row, PGE was recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which highlights companies committed to creating a more equal and inclusive workplace. As a reflection of the company's commitment to the community it serves, in 2022, PGE employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated nearly $5.5 million and volunteered more than 18,000 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit

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