PORTLAND, Ore. — As part of this year's National Drive Electric Week, Portland General Electric is working to make the transportation electrification (TE) transition accessible to all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by rolling out a robust round of TE programs, products and customer incentives. This includes the announcement of PGE’s 2023 grant recipients for the Electric School Bus Fund and Drive Change Fund, supporting a diverse array of non-profits, school districts and local organizations.
"Our goal is to help people make the shift to electric vehicles by making the processes affordable and accessible," said Elyssia Lawrence, senior manager and head of PGE's Transportation Electrification team. "That means we are always working to roll out more programs and support for customers who want to learn more about the transition.”
Using funds from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Fuels Program, PGE’s Electric School Bus Fund and Drive Change Fund have extended another round of grant money to Oregon school districts and nonprofits to help them electrify their fleets, expand EV infrastructure, and provide TE education to underserved communities.
In 2023, seven area school districts will receive funding to cover the incremental cost for 11 electric school buses (the difference in cost between a standard diesel bus and an electric bus) and support for charging infrastructure.
Since the start of the ESB fund four years ago, twelve local school districts have received funding for 30 electric school buses.
In 2023, 20 local organizations will be granted funds for the purchase of 27 EVs, the installation of 53 charging ports, 75 new e-bikes, and electric forklifts, as well as an electric street sweeper.
Over the last five years, approximately 68 organizations have received funding for their electric transportation projects.
Among the past DCF recipients is COR Disposal & Recycling, which will soon unveil its new electric Peterbilt garbage truck this fall. The 25-year-old waste and recycling company is the only African American-owned certified B Corporation in the industry, and they aim to be a sustainable leader in their field.
"It's exciting to see our grant recipients successfully complete a project, and we can witness the positive effects it has on the people in our community,” said Lawrence. “As we continue to be a part of our state's clean energy shift, we look forward to working with community members to make their transition to electrification a reality."
For customers interested in starting their own electrification journey, PGE is offering a variety of TE offerings for both residential and commercial customers:
Business EV Rebate Program: PGE provides rebates to business customers for
qualified Level 2 EV chargers. The rebate is $1000 per port or $2,300 per port for multifamily dwellings.
PGE Fleet Partner: a program that will help local businesses and organizations electrify their vehicle fleets by transitioning to electricity as a fuel, advancing Oregon’s transition to a clean energy future.
Municipal Charging Program: PGE is partnering with local municipalities to install Level 2 chargers in the right-of-way near multi-family housing, in residential neighborhoods with high numbers of renters, and where homes lack driveways/garages.
Visit portlandgeneral.com for more information on PGE’s Transportation Electrification.