The SunShot Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) program supports increased power system research, development, and analytical capacity while simultaneously growing the expertise of electric utility sector professionals for high penetrations of solar and other distributed energy technologies.
Launched in October 2013, GEARED focuses on two activities:
- Training consortia that focus on quickly bringing their findings into training and educational initiatives
- Linking these consortia to one another and other relevant power system R&D and training activities via a national coordination network.
Electric Power Research Institute
- Location: Knoxville, TN
- Amount: $4,798,035
- Cost Share: $2,266,990
- Project Summary: EPRI is collaborating with four U.S. universities and seventeen utilities/system operators to establish a Distributed Technology Training Consortium (DTTC) in the Eastern United States. This consortium aims to effectively combine utility and industry research with educational expertise in power engineering. The project team is empowering new and continuing education students to become not only competent and well informed engineers, but also influence major technological, social, and policy decisions that address critical global energy challenges.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council
- Location: Latham, NY
- Amount: $1,100,000
- Cost Share: $0
- Project Summary: The Interstate Renewable Energy Council and the Solar Electric Power Association, operating as the National Network Administrator (NNA), will facilitate efforts to build a national framework for power systems training and curriculum that will accelerate the growth of power systems programs and human capacity.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
- Location: Rolla, MO
- Amount: $4,999,976
- Cost Share: $2,302,371
- Project Summary: Missouri University of Science and Technology and its partners are integrating cutting-edge research and advanced instructional methods to create a flexible, evolving approach to microgrid training for all levels of students. Operating as the Mid-America Regional Microgrid Education and Training Consortium, this effort aims to impact more than 500 technical employees by offering certificates, PDHs, CEUs, and engineering degrees through a variety of workshops, short courses, and semester courses.
University of Central Florida
- Location: Orlando, FL
- Amount: $3,670,000
- Cost Share: $1,900,000
- Project Summary: The FEEDER Consortium consists of seven universities in the Southeast United States, eight utility companies, five supporting industry partners, two national labs, and a research center. This consortium is upgrading the existing power systems engineering workforce by improving power systems engineering programs at participating universities and developing a pipeline of new power systems engineers and engineering faculty. Through the efforts of this Consortium, a new group of engineers will enter the workforce capable of re-engineering the existing electrical grid infrastructure to include a highly sophisticated communications platform.