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This episode of Vids 4 Grids will take us to Itron's smart meter factory in West Union, SC where we will learn the role smart meters play in the Smart Grid.

In January we introduced you to the Vids4Grids project, a series of videos targeting students in high school and starting college. Through integration into curricula and online posting for open viewing, the project aims to increase awareness and create interest in power systems careers to help develop the well-trained, highly skilled workforce that is essential to constructing a national Smart Grid.

The project encourages industry participation in curriculum development for power engineering and, through the open access of YouTube, increases general public knowledge of the power sector. Each video highlights a particular piece of equipment or fundamental concept integral to the deployment of Smart Grid systems.

Vids4Grids is led by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), in partnership with George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. The project is funded by the Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) as one of 52 Recovery Act awards for Workforce Development. It is the only project specifically focused on developing videos as an educational tool.

Filmed onsite at the Itron factory in West Union, SC. More than 1 million of the company’s meters have been installed in the Houston area by CenterPoint Electric as a part of the Department’s Smart Grid Investment Grant Program.

Filmed onsite at the Southwire manufacturing plant in Carrollton, GA. Southwire has been a partner in cooperative agreements Department’s High Temperature Superconductivity program, which has been successfully helping to develop superconducting wires for grid applications for nearly 20 years.