National Grid gets federal training funds
Utility company National Grid will get nearly $2.2 million from the US Department of Energy to help train workers about the "smart grid" technologies that are expected to make the nation's electricity delivery system more efficient.
The money is part of nearly $100 million in federal stimulus funding awards being doled out to 54 such work force training programs across the country. US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu unveiled the awards yesterday in Rockville, MD, where he was visiting a Pepco service center.
National Grid plans to apply its award to toward a nearly $4.4 million project in Massachusetts and New York that the company expects will train between 2,600 and 4,900 utility workers. The project will develop and deliver materials to train grid workers, and the company will share what it learns with community colleges, universities, and energy industry associations.