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October 24, 2018   |   WAVE 3 News


Fort Knox goes ‘off grid’ with generator

Fort Knox provides power to nearly 2,000 facilities. It tested a $62-million program that allows it to operate off-grid without the help of outside electricity.

LG&E cut off power to Fort Knox on Wednesday morning. Officials said the ice storm in 2009 that knocked out power across Kentucky for days was one reason why officials thought an investment in a new generator was necessary.

“Last time there was an outage, there were army families affected, critical missions affected,” Fort Knox Public Works Director Patrick Walsh said. “We don’t want to get in that position again.”

The generator runs on natural gas and diesel. It was tested for the first time Wednesday. Fort Knox Senior General Senior Commander John Evans said the trial run was a success.

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