U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that the Department of Energy announced award selections for nearly $100 million for 54 smart grid workforce development programs that will help prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electrical manufacturing industries. These projects will leverage more than $95 million in funding from community colleges, universities, utilities and manufacturers to develop and implement training programs. The selectees estimate that the programs will train approximately 30,000 Americans. These workers will help to modernize the nation’s electrical grid and implement smart grid technologies in communities across the country.
WHAT'S NEW IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
April 2012: Building the Next Generation of Smart Grid Workers
Students in Connecticut participated in a 4-week, hands-on internship and mentoring program with Northeast Utilities, supported by Recovery Act funds. Many of the students wrote to organizers thanking them for the experience and describing what they learned and how it has affected their academics and plans for the future.
March 2011: VIDEO
VIDS 4 GRIDS: NEW MEDIA FOR THE NEW ENERGY WORKFORCE
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA's) Vids 4 Grids is one of 52 Smart Grid workforce training programs being funded by OE. NEMA is producing a series of short educational videos introducing electrical equipment used in the smart grid and critical to smart grid success.
Episode 4: Conductor: Wire manufacturing at Southwire in Carrollton, GA. March 2011.
Episode 3: Smart Meter manufacturing at Itron in West Union, SC. March 2011.
Episode 2: Surge Arrester manufacturing at Hubbell in Aiken, SC. January 2011.
Episode 1: Switchgear manufacturing at Eaton Electrical in Greenwood, SC. January 2011.