Electric car

Pitkin County commissioners today will be asked how they feel about a plan by Holy Cross Energy to install four electric vehicle charging stations at the corner of Highway 82 and Owl Creek Road, in the public parking lot adjacent to Buttermilk Mountain ski area.

A memorandum to the elected officials from county Public Works Director Brian Pettet says that regional electricity cooperative Holy Cross has been working with various community partners on deployment strategies for charging locations within its service area. Through a competitive request-for-proposals, Holy Cross selected California-based ChargePoint as its “electric vehicle supply equipment provider,” according to the memo.

The co-op’s service territory is experiencing a significant year-over-year increase in electric vehicle sales, Pettet wrote. “The area has 10 percent of all EV sales in the state and as a result, [Holy Cross] believes that installing charging infrastructure at selected locations will help members gain access to charging that might currently not be available,” the memo states.

The Buttermilk parking lot is viewed by Holy Cross as ideal based on its access to power, visibility and commuter use. “With successful deployment of these chargers, [Holy Cross] hopes to continue its expansion of charger deployment across [its] service territory,” the memo says.

Pettet said in the memo that Holy Cross and the county have been partnering to expand vehicle charging stations. In the Roaring Fork Valley, Holy Cross developed a community charging program to help with upfront infrastructure costs of chargers at Basalt Town Hall. Holy Cross also has installed a charger at a park-and-ride lot in Eagle County.

“Other locations under review within Pitkin County include an expansion at the Brush Creek Park and Ride, the Redstone Hotel and in Woody Creek,” the memo adds.

For the potential Buttermilk project, Holy Cross would handle the cost and install the four stations, which would consist of eight plugs. Commissioners are being asked to allocate eight parking spaces for the project. Potential costs to the county include siting measures and permitting not associated with electrical work, according to the memo.