The sustainability of EVs largely depends on the source of the electricity generated and used to charge the vehicle. Currently, EVs charged in Durango and within LPEA’s service territory use electricity generated from an energy mix comprised of coal (56%), renewable energy (32%), and natural gas (4%). In 2019, LPEA set a goal to reduce their carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 while keeping electricity prices low. LPEA is exploring options that include adding more local renewable resources.
The city of Durango purchases 100% Green Power through LPEA's green power purchase program; all charging at the city's Level 2 and 3 charging stations at the Transit Center therefore uses 100% Green Power.