PGE aims to spend Clean Fuels funds in three primary categories:
Infrastructure and grants: Programs that increase access to transportation electrification.
Education and outreach: Increase awareness of transportation electrification options across the state.
Emerging technology: Test and demonstrate emerging technologies that have an electric vehicle (EV) nexus and could scale to larger utility programs.
Drive Change Fund Grant
From transit buses and passenger vehicles to electric bikes and community service vehicles, the PGE Drive Change Fund supports projects that help electrify transportation in Oregon. Community organizations, non-profits and businesses can apply for grants to advance electric vehicle adoption, EV charging infrastructure and/or education in the communities PGE serves. Since inception, the Drive Change Fund has awarded 28 projects with more than $4.7 million, including 93 new electric vehicles and 86 chargers.
Electric School Bus Grant Fund
Using funding from the Clean Fuels Program, PGE will pay the incremental cost of an electric school bus (the difference in cost of an electric school bus and a diesel school bus) and charging infrastructure for school districts in PGE's service territory. In 2020, PGE awarded grants to Beaverton, Reynolds, Salem-Keizer, Portland and Newberg school districts.
Direct Current Fast Charging Site Updates
PGE set aside a sum of clean fuel funds to be deployed quickly to upgrade sites that have outdated DC fast charging equipment throughout the state. This will ensure there is adequate public charging for our customers who own EVs while ensuring each site adheres to technical requirements that support safety, reliability, interoperability, grid connectedness and payment accessibility.
PGE aims to support a collaborative approach to EV and EV infrastructure workforce training. To ensure underserved communities can and do avail themselves of this emerging workforce ecosystem, the region must prepare training opportunities with an eye towards equity and family wage jobs.
Smart Charging Pilot
This three-year program leverages a vehicle telematics tool to partner with customers living in the Company's smartgrid test bed to understand how pricing signals can shift EV charging behavior. This knowledge is crucial in order to bring the full benefits of EV ownership back to EV owners, and to fully realize the grid benefits of EVs for all PGE customers.
Starting in 2021, PGE has set aside funds to explore Vehicle-to-grid technology in both residential and fleet applications. This technology is increasingly important as it allows EVs of all sizes to become rolling batteries and can offer resiliency to the grid.
Utility Pole Mounted EV Charging
PGE plans to use Clean Fuels Funds to explore utility pole mounted EV charging. Installing chargers on utility poles could offer a cost-effective way to increase access to chargers in traditionally underserved areas or in areas with limited access to off-street parking. As more Oregonians adopt EVs, charging options are needed to support those without access to home charging.