Someday the buildings at Camp Dawson might be warmed by heat coming from deep inside the earth.
Last year, researchers from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, with help from West Virginia University and engineering consultant AECOM, completed a feasibility study at Camp Dawson. The West Virginia Army National Guard training center is sitting in a geothermal energy warm spot where it, along with many other places like it, would be possible to make 14-18 gigawatts of electricity. However, it may cost too much to make the power to run the base. Still, it may be possible to heat the buildings with geothermal energy.
Regardless, it could make Preston County a leader in the development of alternative energy.