Obama administration announces nearly 100 million dollars for smart grid workforce training

08:49, April 09, 2010      

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Obama administration Thursday announced nearly 100 million dollars for 54 smart grid workforce training 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 dollars in funding from community colleges, universities, utilities and manufacturers to develop and implement training programs, said the Energy Department in a statement.

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," the department said.

According to the agency, the programs will focus on training activities that support electricians, line workers, technicians, system operators, power system engineers, cyber security specialists and transmission planners.

Workers will receive training on the transmission and distribution systems as well as new intelligent grid systems, such as smart meters, phasor measurement sensors and advanced communication networks.

"Building and operating smart grid infrastructure will put tens of thousands of Americans to work," said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on Thursday. "This is a great opportunity for workers to upgrade their skills and earn more, or for laid off workers from other industries to start fresh in a new and growing field."

Source:Xinhua

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