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Lake Oswego School District Awarded Grant for Electric School Buses - March 15, 2024

Lake Oswego School District Awarded Funding for Electric School Buses Through PGE’s Electric School Bus Fund

LOSD is proud to announce it was selected by Portland General Electric’s 2023 Electric School Bus Fund to receive funding to purchase four type-C electric school buses and install essential charging infrastructure and qualified chargers at the district's forthcoming transportation facility, currently under construction. The district aims to fully operationalize these electric buses and accompanying infrastructure for the 2024-2025 school year.

Dr. Jennifer Schiele, superintendent of LOSD, expressed gratitude for the grant, stating, “We are honored to receive this funding, which allows us to fulfill a promise to use electric buses in serving our students. Our commitment to integrating electric buses into our transportation service at its new location aligns with our district’s dedication to teaching and practicing sustainability, a value shared by our community and school district. We thank our transportation partner, Student Transportation of America, for the invaluable assistance in securing this funding and express gratitude to PGE for spearheading this program and allowing us to embrace this sustainable mode of transportation.”

PGE’s Electric School Bus fund is made possible by DEQ’s Oregon Clean Fuels Program through the sale of Clean Fuels Credits. PGE covers the incremental cost of the electric school buses (the difference in cost between a standard diesel bus and an electric bus) as well as charging infrastructure. 

“Portland General Electric is excited to award funds from DEQ's Oregon Clean Fuels Program to support our partners in expanding cleaner transportation systems across the state,” said Elyssia Lawrence, senior manager of PGE’s Transportation Electrification team. “Transportation electrification plays an essential role in accelerating the clean energy transition. It is going to take all of us working together to achieve a cleaner and more equitable future for all Oregonians.”

Under this arrangement, LOSD will own the electric buses and contract their operation and maintenance to its transportation service provider, Student Transportation of America.