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Fort Knox becomes first U.S. base to generate its own electric supply

The base made famous for its large gold vault is the first in the country to operate independently from the civilian power grid, thanks to generous supplies of natural gas directly beneath it. But officials say they wouldn't have achieved the milestone without previous steps to invest in geothermal energy and other conservation measures.

Tags: DoD , Army , R.J. Dyrdek , Green government , Continuity of operations , Utility energy service contract , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:41am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Achieving energy independence on military bases is a priority across the Defense Department. Fort Knox, Kentucky, is the first base to actually do it. The fort uses new generators, and a supply of naturally-occurring gas deposits underneath the base, to operate all of its facilities while completely disconnected from the outside electric grid. R.J. Dyrdek, energy manager at Fort Knox, tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, the initial motivation for getting off the grid was a terrible ice storm in 2009, which left parts of the base without electricity for up to a week.

Tags: DoD , energy efficiency , Jared Serbu , In Depth

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:30pm EDT
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Army employee shot, killed at Fort Knox in Ky.

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Thursday - 04/04/2013, 04:00pm EDT