As electric vehicle (EV) adoption continues to rise in Portland and beyond, Portland General Electric (PGE) is working hard to support the transition to cleaner transportation. PGE’s Smart Charging program offers a variety of EV charger rebates for 2023, designed to help customers save money while charging their vehicles at home with Level 2 chargers. By participating in the program, you can enjoy ongoing bill credits, as PGE shifts your electric car charging to times when energy demand is lower and sustainable resources are more available.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the different rebate options available through PGE’s Smart Charging program and how you can participate in this money-saving initiative.
Standard Level 2 Charger Rebate: Up to $500
PGE’s standard Level 2 charger rebate covers up to $500 of the cost of purchasing and installing a qualifying EV charger. To be eligible, you must be a residential PGE account holder, own or lease an EV or plug-in hybrid, and purchase and install a new qualifying EV charger. Make sure to activate your ChargePoint Home, create an FLO Home account, or connect your JuiceBox charger to the Wi-Fi network, depending on the brand of your charger.
Income-Qualified Standard Level 2 Charger Rebate: Up to $1000
For income-qualified customers, PGE offers an enhanced Level 2 charger rebate, covering up to $1000 of the charger’s cost. The eligibility requirements are the same as the standard Level 2 charger rebate, with the addition of meeting specific income qualifications.
New! Electrical Panel Upgrade Rebate: Up to $1000
If installing a qualified Level 2 charger requires replacing your main breaker panel, PGE’s new electrical panel upgrade rebate can help cover up to $1000 of the replacement cost. To be eligible, you must be installing a qualifying Level 2 charger and replacing the main breaker panel to at least 200 amps with a minimum of 30 slots and 40 circuits.
Income-Qualified Electrical Panel Upgrade Rebate: Up to $5,000
For income-qualified customers, PGE offers an enhanced electrical panel upgrade rebate, covering up to $5,000 of the replacement cost. The eligibility requirements are the same as the standard panel upgrade rebate, with the addition of meeting specific income qualifications.
Tesla Non-Qualifying Level 2 Charger Rebate: $50
Tesla Wall Connector and other non-qualifying Level 2 charger users can still receive a $50 rebate plus ongoing bill credits by participating in the PGE Smart Charging Program.
“Bring Your Own Charger” Rebate: $50
If you already have a qualifying EV charger installed before it was added to the qualified products list, you may qualify for a $50 rebate. You’ll be automatically enrolled in the Smart Charging Program to earn participation rewards.
Participating in the PGE Smart Charging Program
Once you receive a rebate on your qualifying EV charger, you’re automatically enrolled in PGE’s Smart Charging Program. The program shifts your charger’s charging schedule away from peak times when energy use is high, and sustainable energy resources are scarcer. By participating in Smart Charging events, you can earn a $25 credit on your bill at the end of each Smart Charging season.
So, how do you participate? Ensure your charger is connected to the internet at least 50% of the time, charge your EV at least 13 times, and participate in at least three events during the season. You’ll be randomly assigned to one of two groups with different Smart Charging Event hours.
With PGE’s Smart Charging program, charging your EV at home has never been more convenient or cost-effective. By installing a Level 2 charger and participating in the program, you can enjoy faster charging times and significant savings on your energy bill.
Choosing the Right Charger for Your Home
To make the most of PGE’s Smart Charging program, it’s essential to select the right charger for your home. Here are some key factors to consider when choosing between Level 1 and Level 2 chargers:
Level 1 Charger
- No special equipment is needed; plug it into a regular outlet in your garage.
- Power: Typically 1.4 kW
- Charge Time: 3 – 5 miles of range per hour of charging
Level 2 Charger
- Take advantage of rebates on faster Level 2 chargers to save money.
- Power: Typically 7 – 12 kW
- Charge Time: ~25 miles of range per hour
Your choice will likely depend on your driving habits, whether you’re charging more than one EV, and if you want to earn bill credits through the PGE Smart Charging program.
How to Apply for PGE Rebates
Applying for PGE’s EV charger rebates is simple. Visit PGE’s Smart Charging program website, and follow the step-by-step instructions provided. You’ll need to submit proof of purchase for your charger, as well as any required documentation for income-qualified rebates. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive your rebate and be enrolled in the Smart Charging program.
Portland General Electric’s EV Charger Rebate program for 2023 makes it easier than ever for EV owners in Portland to access faster charging and save money on their energy bills. By participating in PGE’s Smart Charging program, you’re not only benefiting your wallet but also contributing to a more sustainable and resilient electric grid. Take advantage of these rebate opportunities and join the growing number of EV owners making a positive impact on the environment.
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Switching to an electric vehicle is a significant step towards reducing your carbon footprint and embracing a more sustainable lifestyle. At Energy Solutions, we’re passionate about helping our customers make this transition, providing top-quality EV charger installation services and support every step of the way.
Don’t wait any longer to join the growing number of Oregon residents who are taking advantage of the benefits of electric vehicles. Contact Energy Solutions today to request your free estimate and begin your journey towards a greener future by submitting a form or by speaking with an EV electrician at 503-680-3718.