Three inefficient boilers at the Pitkin County Library have sparked a broader conversation about what it would cost to electrify all of the county’s facilities.
On Tuesday, the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners got a small taste of the significant price tag associated with swapping out natural gas boilers for entirely electric ones.
According to estimates presented by Pitkin County Climate Action Manager Zachary Hendrix, an electric boiler system at the library would cost $2.2 million to operate over the next 25 years.
Its natural gas competitor would bill just north of $600,000 over the next quarter of a century.
The library’s current boiler system was installed over a decade ago and not only heats the facility’s interior but also melts snow around its entire perimeter.
“It wasn’t designed