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Durango receives grant funding to build electric vehicle charging stations

LPEA supports the project to help reach greenhouse gas reduction goals
A couple from Washington charges their electric vehicle at the Cortez charging station during a two-week trip through the Southwest. The city of Durango has received grant funding to install more electric vehicle charging stations.

The city of Durango has received $55,000 in grant funding to build electric vehicle infrastructure, such as charging stations, over the coming year.

La Plata Electric Association said in a letter to the state’s Department of Local Affairs that increasing the number of local charging stations for electric cars will help the co-op reach its goal of cutting carbon emissions by 50% before 2030.

The city of Durango is anticipating a “widespread shift to electric vehicles” in the coming years, which is why the city is working to accommodate them, Assistant City Manager Kevin Hall said.

DOLA awarded $25,000 to the city last week, supplementing the $20,000 Durango already received from the Colorado Energy Office. LPEA provided a 50% matching contribution of $10,000.

The remaining $10,000 to meet the total project cost of $65,000 will come from Durango’s Sustainability Program. City Council approved allocating the additional $10,000 to the Sustainability Program for electric vehicle charging stations in a meeting Tuesday evening.

The funding will also be used to identify incentives and other programs to encourage local automotive industries and companies to accommodate servicing electric vehicles, make them regionally available for sale and make them more accessible for residents.

Grant funding for the electric vehicle charging stations is primarily coming from the state level, in addition to support from La Plata Electric Association and Durango’s Sustainability Program.

Interim City Manager Amber Blake supports building the electric vehicle charging stations because they align with the city’s goal to reduce natural resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, improving quality of life.

City Council was originally scheduled to discuss the Espero Permanent Supportive Housing Project, an expansion of the city’s social service center for people living homeless, on Tuesday, but the discussion was postponed to July 21.


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