Smart Grid Test Bed

Rethink energy, shape the future

The way we use energy is changing, and individuals and businesses want a larger role in controlling their energy costs, reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a clean energy future.

By working to develop flexible smart grid infrastructure, PGE will meet those demands while continuing to keep energy efficient and reliable.

Watch the welcome to the Smart Grid Test Bed video! There is a Spanish language version available as well.

Donate your Peak Time Rebates now through Feb. 28, 2021

This winter, let’s stick together. We’re donating a total of $6,000 to three local nonprofits who are doing great work in the community. You can join us by donating your rebates during one, or all, of the Peak Time events. Let’s work together to help our neighbors this winter. Sign into your online account to select your nonprofit.

Central City

Central City Concern’s mission is to end homelessness by providing housing, health care and supported employment services to people impacted by trauma, addictions, serious mental illness, chronic disease and multigenerational poverty.

Community Energy Project

Since 1979, Community Energy Project, a local nonprofit, has been focused on the belief that everyone deserves a safe, healthy, and efficient home, regardless of income. They have been leaders on issues of energy burden in low-income and frontline communities.

Working Theory

Working Theory Farm cultivates partnerships to connect with youth who have barriers to thriving within traditional systems. Farming offers opportunities for youth to build personal and social responsibility. In partnership with youth and community volunteers, they produce (literal) TONS of high quality, organically-grown food, the vast majority of which is donated to individuals and families struggling with food insecurity.

Make a difference in your neighborhood

You’re already helping the environment by managing your energy usage — now you can do even more good by joining us and donating your rebates to these three local organizations. Choose to donate during one Peak Time Event, or all of them! Plus, the more you participate and earn rebates, the more chances you’ll have to win a $50 gift card to a local business.

See the Terms and Conditions.

Sign in to donate and choose your nonprofit

Test Bed neighborhoods

To start this journey, we’ve launched the Smart Grid Test Bed — a multi-year learning program around Hillsboro, Milwaukie and in North Portland.

The Test Bed will help rethink how we use energy through new technologies, programs and products, while still allowing customers to have control over their comfort settings, use more renewable energy, and keeping it reliable and affordable.

Check out the neighborhoods below to see whether your home or business is in a test bed area.

North Portland

Smart Grid Test Bed Overlook Map

Milwaukie

Smart Grid Test Bed Milwaukie Map

Hillsboro

Smart Grid Test Bed Hillsboro Map

Peak Time Rebates

As a resident in the nation’s first Smart Grid Test Bed, you were automatically enrolled in Peak Time Rebates.

Peak Time Rebates rewards you directly on your PGE bill for shifting your energy use for a couple of hours on certain days when outside temperatures are unusually hot or cold. By participating, you help keep prices affordable and allow us to rely more on renewable energy during peak times.

It’s simple, and completely voluntary. You can participate in as many or as few Peak Time Events as you like. To track Peak Time Rebate rewards, visit or create your Portland General web account.

For our customers who live in Test Bed neighborhoods and earn Peak Time Rebates during the winter 2020-2021 season, there is a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local business. After each Peak Time Event, three gift card winners will be selected. It’s important that we support local businesses during this season. Read the terms and conditions for more information.

SmartCharge PGE Pilot

If you own an electric vehicle, you already know the difference EVs can make on the environment. By joining the SmartCharge PGE Pilot, you can help us develop better EV charging programs that make it easier for more Oregonians to adopt EVs.

Share your charging habits with us, learn ways to charge smarter, and earn monthly cash rewards. It’s free and space is limited. Help us understand your charging needs and help your community embrace EVs: Apply for the SmartCharge PGE Pilot today.

Smart Battery Pilot

Now more than ever, we need affordable, renewable energy systems that address the climate challenges we face as a community and that help make households more resilient during power outages. The PGE Smart Battery Pilot is testing just such a system, and we need you to be a part of it!

You can earn up to $40 per month and help build a modern grid that’s cheaper, cleaner and more responsive to our changing energy needs. Partner with us and be a part of Oregon’s clean energy future.

The power of we starts with me

Even if you’re not in a Test Bed neighborhood, here are some things you can do today that will integrate with the smart grid in the future:

  • Sign up for Peak Time Rebates or enroll in the Smart Thermostat Program. Shifting your energy use during peak times can earn you rebates.
  • Visit the Energy Trust of Oregon to learn about energy efficient appliances and rebates.
  • Buy an electric vehicle. The next time you’re ready for a new car, consider switching to an electric vehicle. It’s cost effective, great for the environment and fun to drive.
  • Have a business? Consider signing up for the Energy Partner program. You can get paid to use less energy for a few hours during times when everyone else is using more. Energy Partner has options for every size of business, including free smart thermostats with free installation.

Our role

The smart grid is a necessary upgrade to meet our shared climate and community goals. The Test Bed will be the hub that brings together separate pieces of technology and energy delivery to produce a more integrated grid for the future.

To build the Test Bed, we will upgrade existing feeders and substations — the equipment we use to move electricity — with advanced automation distribution technologies. These upgraded sensors, processors and communication devices can help improve reliability and service quality. They’ll also transform the traditional one-way flow of electricity into a two-way flow of electricity and information.

We’re here to help

Do you have more questions about the Test Bed or smart grids? We’d be glad to answer them. Contact us at smartgridtestbed@pgn.com, and we’ll walk you through everything.

Thank you for being part of Oregon’s clean energy future.