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University of Houston

Smart Grid Energy Training Coalition


The Smart Grid Energy Coalition is establishing a Power Training Campus in response to workforce needs; establishing processes to determine skill objectives and design training; and providing a clear career progression from entry-level hands-on training through the development of basic and specialized skills to the attainment of advanced skills and degrees for higher-level design and management functions. The Coalition will ensure that credits are transferable by executing agreements across training partners. Students, job seekers, academia, and industry participants will integrate through a community/social networking system. Training development will occur in a repeated cycle of needs assessment, training design, validation cohort training, and transition of training to production programs. Progress will be measured by monitoring the number and content of the courses developed, cohort response, expansion of Coalition members, and tracking student progress through the networking system.

Contact Information

Deborah Buterbaugh
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

Jae Hughes
Principal Investigator
University of Houston
College of Technology
316 Ezekial Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2015

Recipient: University of Housto
HQ State: Texas
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $3,832,904
Federal Share: $2,499,904
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Job retention and employee growth
  • Workforce trained for the build-out of smart meter and intelligent grid systems for the State of Texas and the Houston region
  • Active community and industrial participation in power energy education
  • National Smart Grid development

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