PGE takes the wheel on electrifying transportation

Sept. 18, 2023

Organizations from across the U.S. will be celebrating National Drive Electric Week PGE to raise awareness of the many benefits all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, e-bikes and other methods of electric transportation have.

As the country moves toward using cleaner energy, Oregon has taken a front row seat in electrifying our transportation infrastructure and Portland General Electric has a multitude of ways PGE customers can participate in the transportation electrification (TE) transition.

PGE’s Drive Change Fund (DCF) and Electric School Bus Fund (ESB) are made possible by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Fuels Program PGE. Over 60 local organizations have been awarded funding through 2022 to support underserved communities in completing their electric transportation projects. The grants also help increase education, reduce air and sound pollution, and reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“It takes all of us to create a clean energy future and we’re proud to support these organizations amplify their impact with electric transportation projects,” said Juliae Riva, PGE’s product specialist, transportation electrification.

This past June, Portland State University Bike Hub PGE added to their fleet by including 25 Izip Brio E-bikes — bought using grant money from DCF. PSU students living three miles or more from campus have the opportunity to rent e-bikes and ride to school, enabling them to commute to school with less reliance on car travel.

“We are hoping this encourages students to take alternate transportation, to ride to campus and reduce overall carbon emissions,” said Daniel Penner, PSU Bike Hub Supervisor.

This year’s grant recipients represent organizations committed to significantly reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by doing their part in creating a clean energy future. This year’s awardees will be announced during National Drive Electric Week, September 22 - October 1, 2023 at

Drive Change Fund: PSU
Daniel Penner, supervisor, Portland State University Bike Hub talks about Drive Change Fund and the impact it has had on his organization.

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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