Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - ARRA Funding for Buildsmart Grid Workforce

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010

 

CONTACT:

Megan Castle, 303.866.6386, megan.castle@state.co.us

Evan Dreyer, 720.350.8370, evan.dreyer@state.co.us

 

GOV. RITTER CONGRATULATES CU-BOULDER FOR RECEIVING RECOVERY ACT FUNDING TO BUILD SMART GRID WORKFORCE

 

Gov. Bill Ritter praised the University of Colorado-Boulder for being awarded $2.4 million in Recovery Act funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a smart grid workforce training program. The funds will help CU-Boulder to build an engineering graduate program focused on smart grid technologies.

 

“CU-Boulder will help to train the workforce of Colorado’s New Energy Economy in smart grid applications and technologies,” said Gov. Ritter. “We know that our future generations will use and create energy differently than we do and smart grid technologies will be critical to how we manage our energy consumption. Congratulations to CU-Boulder for receiving these funds and moving Colorado forward.”

 

CU-Boulder will use these funds to build a sustainable graduate engineering program with a focus on networking, wireless communications, and cyber security within electric power systems. The academic program is designed for students seeking a full Master of Science degree or a shorter certificate and can be flexibly completed on-campus or from anywhere online.

 

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced award selections for nearly $100 million 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 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.

 

At least $6.7 billion in Recovery Act funds is expected to come to Colorado through more than 100 different programs. For more information about the Recovery Act in Colorado, visit www.colorado.gov/recovery. Visit the U.S. Department of Energy for full details on the announcement.