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PGE and City of Portland bring the benefits of electric vehicles to East Portland - 12/03/18

Portland General Electric announced plans to build a new electric vehicle charging hub at the Eastport Plaza Shopping Center in East Portland. The newest Electric Avenue will give East Portland residents public access to reliable and affordable electric vehicle charging, furthering PGE’s and the city’s commitment to bring the benefits of electric vehicles to all communities.

“I am thrilled that PGE is installing this infrastructure in East Portland. The electric vehicle charging hub at Eastport Plaza will incorporate technology in communities where access has not been previously prioritized,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “This project is a demonstration of PGE and Portland’s commitment to climate change goals, and it also aligns with the city’s EV Strategy, Climate Action Plan and 100 Percent Renewables by 2050 Resolution. I look forward to all of our East Portland neighbors who own electric vehicles having greater charging access and convenience.”

Located off Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Holgate Boulevard, the Eastport Plaza community charging site will be near the main thoroughfares of Interstate 205 and Highway 26/Southeast Powell Boulevard. It is strategically located to give residents convenient access to public charging and increase awareness of charging infrastructure. Construction of the East Portland Electric Avenue is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

“This new Electric Avenue charging hub is part of our continuing effort to increase access to electricity as transportation fuel for our entire region,” said Maria Pope, president and CEO of PGE. “We are thankful for the partnership with Mayor Wheeler and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which is another example of how working together accelerates Oregon’s transition to a clean energy future.”

To further electrify the transportation system, PGE’s Transportation Electrification Plan calls for up to six new Electric Avenues in the region. PGE will own and maintain each site at no cost to the cities. The City of Portland joins the cities of Milwaukie and Hillsboro as the latest location in the Electric Avenue charging network.

Each charging site has six stations and two types of connectors, so it can accommodate all vehicle types. A standard charge fee will be $3, and a quick charge will cost $5. Customers can also choose a $25 monthly subscription to use all Electric Avenue locations.  

PGE’s original Electric Avenue, located at its World Trade Center headquarters, has charged more than 1.25 million miles of driving since its installation in October 2015. As a result, drivers avoided releasing more than 515 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air.

For more information, please visit PortlandGeneral.com/ElectricAvenue.

About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 885,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 2,900 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit PortlandGeneral.com/CleanVision.

Map of PGE's Rock Creek Transmission Upgrade Project, including the daytime shoulder and night work planned on Highway 26 near the NW Cornelius Pass Road overpass. Passenger vehicles may want to consider alternative routes during work hours.
Map of PGE's Rock Creek Transmission Upgrade Project, including the daytime shoulder and night work planned on Highway 26 near the NW Cornelius Pass Road overpass. Passenger vehicles may want to consider alternative routes during work hours.
PGE infrastructure reliability project requires day and night work across Sunset Highway beginning tomorrow night (Photo) - 11/29/18

Crews will work along a segment of Highway 26 beginning on Friday, Nov. 30

PORTLAND, Ore. – To allow work on a major transmission improvement project, Portland General Electric will implement shoulder lane closures and intermittent nighttime rolling closures beginning next week along a segment of Sunset Highway/Highway 26 near the NE Cornelius Pass Road crossing. The daytime closures to the shoulder lane will affect only the westbound lanes. The intermittent nighttime rolling closures will affect both east and westbound traffic.

In July, crews began installing dozens of new utility poles and 4.5 miles of new power lines within the area to improve the reliability of the local power grid. One of the final steps of the project is to install new lines within the shoulder lane of Highway 26.

The goals for this project are to add new overhead lines to meet the region’s growing energy needs while increasing redundancy in the system so that there will be fewer power outages – and those that occur will be shorter. This project is one of many projects now in planning or construction to improve electric service reliability and resiliency for PGE’s 885,000 customers.   

What to expect during construction along Highway 26

To complete this segment of work in a safe manner, Oregon Department of Transportation permitted PGE crews to close the westbound shoulder lane and conduct intermittent rolling closures at night.

Daytime Work:

  • From Monday, Dec. 3 to Saturday, Dec. 8 and Monday, Dec. 10 to Saturday, Dec. 15, shoulder lane closures will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to conduct this work.
  • The shoulder closures are needed to deliver and install new poles, as well as string heavy power lines across the NE Cornelius Pass Road overpass and along Highway 26.

Nighttime Work:

  • The first intermittent rolling closures will start on Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. to install and set a new pole, which requires dry weather conditions. This evening’s traffic control measures will be removed by 2 a.m. the next morning.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m., traffic control teams will implement intermittent rolling closures of Sunset Highway, so crews can install the new overhead lines across the highway. Each night’s traffic control measures will be removed by 5 a.m. the next morning.

For more information about PGE’s work, portlandgeneral.com/rockcreekpowerline.

PGE Foundation invests more than $330,000 to prevent homelessness and support mental wellness programs across Oregon - 11/28/18

PORTLAND, Ore. — The  PGE Foundation – Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation – is committing more than $330,000 to programs that prevent homelessness, address hunger and support mental health and parent engagement in Oregon.

“Together with our community partners, we are working to find solutions to end the homeless crisis in Oregon,” said Kregg Arntson, executive director of the PGE Foundation. “People thrive in nurturing and inclusive communities, which is why creating equitable access to permanent supportive housing is critical.”

To combat family and youth homelessness, the Foundation will award almost $210,000 to nonprofit organizations focused on developing affordable housing, eliminating hunger and creating pathways out of poverty.

“The PGE Foundation’s support will enable Portland Homeless Family Solutions to expand programs to serve three times as many homeless families with children than ever before,” said Brandi Tuck, executive director, Portland Homeless Family Solutions. “We are thankful for the PGE Foundation and its commitment to supporting families in our community. Together, we are building dignity and empowering so many.”

In addition, as more individuals experiencing mental health crises face homelessness, the Foundation will grant more than $125,000 to fund supportive services, including mental wellness and parenting programs.

”We are grateful for the organizations in our region dedicated to providing valuable services that improve the well-being of our community,” said Arntson.

Recipients of the 2018 PGE Foundation Safe & Stable Family grants include:

  • Adelante Mujeres, $25,000: To support educational opportunities for Latino families in a safe and stable environment.
  • Albertina Kerr Centers Foundation, $10,000: To support hundreds of children and their families during times of mental health crisis.
  • Columbia River Health, $10,000: To support the opening of a new food pantry in Boardman, Ore., that will serve around 80 families per month.
  • Bienestar, $25,000: To support the development and preservation of 343 affordable housing units.
  • Human Solutions, $25,000: To support individuals and communities building pathways out of poverty.
  • Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, $10,000: To increase access to healthy meals through school breakfast and summer meals for kids.
  • Portland Homeless Family Solutions, $25,000: To support renovations of the new Lents Family Shelter, tripling service capacity.

Every year, the PGE Foundation awards more than $1 million to help improve educational outcomes, inspire critical thinking through arts experiences and strengthen family stability.

Here’s a complete list of the 2018 Safe & Stable Family grants. For more information, visit PGEFoundation.org.

About the PGE Foundation

The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, was established in 1997 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization with a permanent endowment. The Foundation’s giving is separate from the corporate giving of PGE. Grants are awarded to local nonprofits located in areas where PGE has customers or power generating plants.  Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $22 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by funding programs and services that support safe and stable families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and creative expression. The PGE Foundation is committed to helping provide equitable opportunities for all, so all Oregonians realize their full potential. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair and Kregg Arntson is executive director. To learn more about the PGE Foundation, visit PGEFoundation.org.