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PGE and City of Milwaukie partnering to expand access to electric vehicle charging: Marking a key milestone in PGE's Transportation Electrification Plan and the City's path to be net zero - 06/20/18

MILWAUKIE, Ore. June 20, 2018 — Portland General Electric and the City of Milwaukie announced their plans today to partner on the addition of a new Electric Avenue charging hub in the heart of Milwaukie’s downtown by the end of this year. This announcement comes in the midst of this week’s Roadmap 2018, the nation's largest and most advanced annual conference on electric and smart mobility.

The new charging hub is part of PGE’s Transportation Electrification plan that is designed to advance Oregon’s transition to a clean energy future with new electric transportation options for car owners and mass transit riders.

“Transportation electrification is key to a sustainable future and providing robust charging facilities is a great first step for us to take towards the realization of our climate action plan,” said Mayor Mark Gamba. ”We’re excited to partner with PGE in a variety of ways as we pursue our aggressive goal of being a Net Zero City by 2040.”

Transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions in Oregon, making an electrified transportation system critical to a carbon-free economy.

“This new charging hub is part of our larger effort to increase access to electricity as a transportation fuel for our entire region,” said Maria Pope, president and CEO of PGE. “Under the leadership of Mayor Gamba, the City of Milwaukie is taking progressive steps to address climate change. Partnerships like ours demonstrate how the whole community, working together, will create a clean energy future.”

The newest Electric Avenue will be on Highway 99E between SE Jackson and Monroe Streets, a location strategically selected for its high use and visibility to expand access to and awareness of the benefits of driving electric. With six ports, charging options will be available for any type of EV. Charging fees will be $5 for a quick charge and $3 for a standard charge. An optional charging membership will also be available at $25 per month, waiving the per charge fees. Construction is scheduled to begin late summer.

Five additional charging hubs are called for in PGE’s plan, which was approved earlier this year by the Oregon Public Utility Commission. Approval of the plan followed Governor Kate Brown’s executive order issued in November 2017, which established a goal of 50,000 registered electric vehicles in Oregon by 2020.

PGE’s original Electric Avenue — now located at its World Trade Center headquarters — was designed to pilot innovative station layouts, signage and pricing structures. Since its installation in October 2015, it has charged more than 1.25 million miles of driving, avoiding more than 515 metric tons of CO2.

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About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Ore., serving 877,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, reliable energy to Oregonians. With 2,900 employees across the state, PGE is committed to building a cleaner, more efficient energy future. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. For more information, visit PortlandGeneral.com.

About City of Milwaukie: Nestled along the banks of the Willamette River and steeped in history, Milwaukie enjoys the comforts of a small town, as well as the benefits of its close location to Portland. Woven through the fabric of the community is the value placed on ingenuity. Milwaukie prizes creativity to get things done by finding innovative solutions and residents embrace originality to find new ideas that better the community. These values can also be found in the city’s robust and thriving business community. Milwaukie is home to several of Oregon’s largest and most iconic employers. To learn more about Milwaukie, visit milwaukieoregon.gov.

These Portland State University students received a PGE Foundation scholarship inspiring them to develop and implement a Smart Cities project in 2019.
These Portland State University students received a PGE Foundation scholarship inspiring them to develop and implement a Smart Cities project in 2019.
PGE Foundation awards more than $560,000 to support education programs in Oregon (Photo) - 06/04/18

Funding scholarships for Portland State University students developing a Smart Communities project

PORTLAND, Ore. — In support of dozens of nonprofit organizations doing life-changing work across Oregon, the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — is honored to commit $568,857 to fund 43 education grants for programs working to close the achievement gap and improve educational opportunities for all students regardless of economic, racial or social backgrounds.

The PGE Foundation is dedicated to positively influencing equity, diversity and inclusion in our communities and contributing to a healthy Oregon economy where residents are ready and prepared for the future.  

“Together, with our community partners we’re committed to giving all students access to programs and tools that will help them create clear pathways for their future,” said Kregg Arntson, executive director of the PGE Foundation.

The education grants focus on career technical (CTE) and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, along with workforce programs and higher education scholarships, that will help Oregon Children realize their full potential.

“In an ever-changing world, it’s important to give the next generation of inventors, teachers, scientists and entrepreneurs the skills to thrive, because when our people thrive our community does, too,” Arntson said.

As part of the Foundation’s mission to ensure equitable outcomes, more than $120,000 of the education grants awarded will fund scholarship programs at local colleges and universities in our region, including a program designed to transform Portland into a Smart City.

In collaboration with Portland State University, the Foundation awarded $25,000 in scholarships to financially limited honor college students as they develop a smart city project to position Portland as a leader in urban sustainability.

“I’m a political science major, and it’s important to me to help develop and transform urban areas with sustainability in mind,” said second-year PSU student, Fatima Preciado. “This scholarship is going to help me invest in my education and future, while helping people with diverse backgrounds have access to sustainable resources.”

Students will gain meaningful academic and research experiences by using Portland as a living laboratory to creatively explore and find Smart City solutions to real world urban-focused challenges. 

Visit PGEFoundation.org to see the complete list of education grants awarded in the first quarter of 2018.

A look back at 2017

The PGE Foundation released its 2017 Annual Report this month. With $1,166,824 awarded in grants in 2017, the Foundation supported the collaborative work of community organizations dedicated to strengthening families, improving student achievement, inspiring young people through creative expression and creating clear pathways to college and careers.

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 $20 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by supporting programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair, Dave Robertson is president and Kregg Arntson is executive director. To learn more about the PGE Foundation, visit PGEFoundation.org.

 

These Portland State University students received a PGE Foundation scholarship inspiring them to develop and implement a Smart Cities project in 2019.
These Portland State University students received a PGE Foundation scholarship inspiring them to develop and implement a Smart Cities project in 2019.
PGE Foundation awards more than $560,000 to support education programs in Oregon (Photo) - 06/04/18

Funding scholarships for Portland State University students developing a Smart Communities project

PORTLAND, Ore. — In support of dozens of nonprofit organizations doing life-changing work across Oregon, the PGE Foundation — Portland General Electric’s corporate foundation — is honored to commit $568,857 to fund 43 education grants for programs working to close the achievement gap and improve educational opportunities for all students regardless of economic, racial or social backgrounds.

The PGE Foundation is dedicated to positively influencing equity, diversity and inclusion in our communities and contributing to a healthy Oregon economy where residents are ready and prepared for the future.  

“Together, with our community partners we’re committed to giving all students access to programs and tools that will help them create clear pathways for their future,” said Kregg Arntson, executive director of the PGE Foundation.

Our education grants focus on career technical (CTE) and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, along with workforce programs and higher education scholarships, that will help Oregon Children realize their full potential.

“In an ever-changing world, it’s important to give the next generation of inventors, teachers, scientists and entrepreneurs the skills to thrive, because when our people thrive our community does, too,” Arntson said.

As part of the Foundation’s mission to ensure equitable outcomes, more than $120,000 of the education grants awarded will fund scholarship programs at local colleges and universities in our region, including a program designed to transform Portland into a Smart City.

In collaboration with Portland State University, the Foundation awarded $25,000 in scholarships to financially limited honor college students as they develop a smart city project to position Portland as a leader in urban sustainability.

“I’m a political science major, and it’s important to me to help develop and transform urban areas with sustainability in mind,” said second-year PSU student, Fatima Preciado. “This scholarship is going to help me invest in my education and future, while helping people with diverse backgrounds have access to sustainable resources.”

Students will gain meaningful academic and research experiences by using Portland as a living laboratory to creatively explore and find Smart City solutions to real world urban-focused challenges. 

Visit PGEFoundation.org to see the complete list of education grants awarded in the first quarter of 2018.

A look back at 2017

The PGE Foundation released its 2017 Annual Report this month. With $1,166,824 awarded in grants in 2017, the Foundation supported the collaborative work of community organizations dedicated to strengthening families, improving student achievement, inspiring young people through creative expression and creating clear pathways to college and careers.

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 $20 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by supporting programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair, Dave Robertson is president and Kregg Arntson is executive director. To learn more about the PGE Foundation, visit PGEFoundation.org.