Kit Carson Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees approves the construction of nine additional charging stations for electric vehicles in northern New Mexico
TAOS, NM – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Inc (KCEC) is installing nine additional electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Enchanted Circle to complement KCEC’s regionally beneficial electrification plan for a greener, cleaner future. KCEC commends the hard work of the communities, tribes, governments, and members of the Enchanted Circle COAD to support the electric vehicle transition in northern New Mexico. Not only will electric vehicles reduce CO2 emissions, but they will also provide rural communities with a new opportunity to invest in more CO2 efficient vehicles.
The KCEC Board of Trustees unanimously approved the nine additional EV chargers for KCEC’s current EV infrastructure. The future of transportation is shifting towards a carbon-free environment that relies on electric vehicles, charging stations, and new cars with extended battery ranges. The addition of the new stations will give locals, tourists and businesses the opportunity to invest in electric vehicles.
“We are creating a clean environment for our communities in order to preserve the natural beauty of northern NM. Creating a carbon-free climate will raise the standard for a better quality of life for our younger generations. We are investing in their future, ”says CEO, Luis A. Reyes
KCEC would like to thank the City of Taos, EC-COAD Members, Renewable Taos, Taos County, Red River Village, Eagle Nest Village, Questa Village, Angel Fire Village, and other key stakeholders for their collaboration on the EV project . Engaging in and participating in these companies’ plans to introduce electric vehicles into their fleets will help support a regional carbon footprint.
In a collaborative effort, KCEC is working with local and state stakeholders to find the desire for electrification infrastructure opportunities in our communities. Through a series of meetings, KCEC and these organizations have formed a working group to address issues related to the KCEC’s useful electrification plan.
Sol Luna, a local solar installer and KCEC partner, will use local workers to install the EV charging stations in KCEC’s service area. The Master Plan for Beneficial Electrification of KCEC will introduce and launch new economic development opportunities in the region and meet the demand for long-range electric vehicle drivers.
Upon completion of the EV project, KCEC will have 19 EV charging stations with 28 charging points for the municipalities. In May 2020, KCEC received a US $ 200,119 grant from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) as one of 43 projects across the state from the Volkswagen Settlement Fund. The grant is intended to initiate an EV charging network in the state and in the magic circle.
KCEC’s great partnership with its wholesale energy provider Guzman Energy gives KCEC the flexibility to reduce its carbon footprint while adapting to the transition to renewable energy. Guzman Energy has been a partner of KCEC since 2016 and is helping KCEC achieve its goal of providing 100% daily solar energy by 2022 by developing and commissioning multiple solar systems across the region.
About Kit Carson Electric Cooperative
Founded in 1944, Kit Carson is a member-owned electrical distribution cooperative in northern New Mexico and the second largest in the state. Kit Carson is one of 16 electrical cooperatives serving rural New Mexico communities, serving nearly 30,000 members in Taos, Colfax, and Rio Arriba counties. To learn more about Kit Carson, visit www.kitcarson.com.