PGE proposes new EV charging infrastructure programs
PGE has filed a proposal with the Oregon Public Utility Commission to create two pilot programs designed to help accelerate Oregon's transition to cleaner energy by encouraging the purchase and use of electric vehicles.
PGE has proposed a Residential EV Charging pilot program to encourage customers to deploy connected Level 2 EV charging infrastructure at their homes. The pilot program, which targets single-family homes, aims to provide rebates for charging stations over a three-year period. Further, the program will also test grid demand response, often known as "smart charging," by offering customers an incentive to delay charging during periods of high energy demand, such as early evening.
PGE also proposed a Business EV Charging pilot program intended to mitigate cost, complexity, and effort objections that have kept businesses from installing charging infrastructure. Through the pilot program, PGE will support nonresidential customers' deployment of chargers with charging ports at multiple customer sites over about three years. This pilot program targets workplaces, multi-family dwellings, multi-tenant buildings, shopping centers, and fleets. PGE intends to install, own, and maintain both the distribution and the infrastructure, or to provide rebates for customer-owned charging equipment. PGE has also proposed to operate charging infrastructure designed to encourage public transit services to electrify their fleets.
These proposals build on the company's previous proposals to encourage electrification, which were adopted by the Oregon Public Utility Commission in February of 2018.