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Portland General Electric pilot program provides up to $500 to install home charger for electric vehicle owners

COURTESY PHOTO: PGE - Portland General Electric is providing up to $500 for the first 5,000 electric vehicle owners who apply for the Smart Charging Pilot Program to help defray the cost of a home charger.Portland General Electric (PGE) anounced the start of a new pilot program in February that would provide up to a $500 rebate for residential customers who own or lease an electric vehicle to install a charger at home. Income-eligible customers could qualify for up to a $1,000 rebate.

Recognizing that cost is often a barrier to electric vehicle ownership, Larry Bekkedahl, Vice President of Grid Architecture, Integration & System Operations at PGE, said Fueling electric vehicles at home is part of Oregon's clean energy future.

"We are excited to partner with our customers on this new residential charging pilot program to encourage electric vehicle adoption while at the same time helping to manage the grid during times of high demand," Bekkedahl said. "Cleaner, cheaper electric transportation is here today, and we look forward to working with more and more customers to show that EVs are for everyone."

The new rebate pilot program also compensates customers who allow PGE to shift their EV home charger's energy use away from high demand times, when prices are high, or renewable resources are less available.

The first 5,000 customers who sign up for the PGE Smart Charging Pilot Program will receive a rebate of up to $500 toward the purchase of a connected charger. In order to qualify, customers must:

- Be the residential account holder

- Purchase and install a qualified EV charger

- Fill out the rebate application

- Submit the required submission documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In an effort to make EV ownership more accessible to underserved communities, income-eligible customers may qualify for a rebate up to $1,000. To qualify for the income-eligible rebate, the customer's household must earn no more than 80% of the median income for their household size. Customers can reference the rebate income eligibility guidelines for more details.

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