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ECS receives federal funding for smart grid

Posted On : April 9th, 2010

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California State University, Sacramento, is one of 33 recipients nationwide of federal economic recovery act money for a new training program to enhance the region's "smart grid" system, according to Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento.

The money for the training program is comprised of a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, $84,000 from the California Energy Commission and $72,000 in funds and other contributions from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
Matsui supported the grant application for the funds in a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

"Our university is educating the next generation of innovative workers in the energy sector while developing technology that will help modernize our nation's aging electrical grid," said Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez.

Matsui said the funding will allow Sacramento State to graduate well-trained electrical engineers with smart grid credentials.

The training program will give people the opportunity to change their careers by providing scholarships, continuing education courses and certificate programs, a press release from Matsui's office said.

Nationally, the programs will focus on training for electricians, line workers, technicians, system operators, power system engineers and transmission planners.

Workers will get training on intelligent grid systems, such as smart meters and advanced communication networks.

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