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Energy Dept. invests $100M in Smart Grid education

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This can be an extremely helpful program if it is executed effectively. Many people are unaware of or confused about what ‘Smart Grid’ technology means, and how it can benefit households and businesses. Increased education and government transparency are certainly excellent steps forward.

April 9, 2010 | Camille Ricketts

These programs will be targeted at utility company employees.

The U.S. Department of Energy rolled out its Open Government Plan yesterday, pledging to be more transparent about energy policy shifts and to better educate the market about efficiency initiatives. A major part of the latter goal is teaching people about the benefits and importance of the Smart Grid — a concept that consumers and some utilities have yet to rally behind.

Tackling this challenge head on, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the department will be sinking almost $100 million into 54 different Smart Grid training programs across the country. Targeted at about 30,000 utility workers and electrical equipment manufacturers, these programs will also use $95 million from universities, utilities and industrial groups to design curricula around the modernization of today’s electrical grid.

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April 10th, 2010 at 1:52 pm