Off-grid & generator-powered, Middlegate NV is threatened by rising diesel costs—an omen of America's fuel-dependent future.
Middlegate Station, Nevada is an old Pony Express roadhouse that provides essential food, gas, and lodging to ranchers, miners, military, travelers, and truckers along the “Loneliest Road in America.” Off the municipal electric grid and powered 24/7 by a diesel generator, Middlegate's future is in doubt after years of rising fuel costs.
Finding renewable sources of energy, curbing pollution caused by fuel emissions, and reducing our dependency on oil are the seminal challenges of our time. Funding for such measures, especially in rural, off-grid areas that need them most, is limited at best. By following Middlegate’s journey, The Last Roadhouse asks questions we all will have to answer about the cost of clean energy and how to implement it as 21st century necessity.