PGE Renewable Development Fund
The PGE Renewable Development Fund, made possible by Green Future, offers grants to applicants deploying their own clean energy projects. The RDF has awarded over $14 million to 61 local projects, creating 14.5 MW of new renewable energy right here, in the communities PGE serves. New applications for grants open April 1.
Last year, Reed College received a grant from the RDF to install solar panels on its Performing Arts Building. “We have ambitious sustainability goals and are always look for ways to improve our campus and provide educational experiences for our students,” said Steve Yeadon, Director of Facilities Operations at Reed College. “Throughout the past decade, Reed has expanded with new buildings and facilities, but with this solar array and other sustainable improvements, our overall energy costs have stayed about the same.” Plus, the students can learn about solar generation and carbon impact with the buildings real-time monitor that was installed as part of the project.
PGE Drive Change Fund
With 40% of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions coming from the transportation sector, electrifying transportation is a critical path to a clean energy future. To help reduce barriers to EV adoption, the PGE Drive Change Fund was created from the DEQ’s Oregon Clean Fuels Program, which is funded by credits generated by our electric vehicle drivers. This January, we awarded the first round of grants, with $2.25 million going to 16 community-based projects that will expand access to electric transportation for all Oregonians.
One of this year’s award recipients was the Northwest Pilot Project, which will purchase an EV and charging station. “This award will help the low-income seniors we serve by providing them with no cost rides to medical appointments, social gatherings, shopping and more, in an effort to enhance independent living,” said Laura Golino de Lovato, executive director of NWPP. “The new EV will provide over 2,000 rides each year and allow our Retention Team to do personal outreach to our clients.”