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Workforce Development Institute

Development of a Smart Grid Lineman Workforce


The Workforce Development Institute is collaborating with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, the National Electrical Contractor’s Association, and major utilities to ensure that adequate numbers of lineman are trained and available to install, maintain, and support the New York State electric power sector. The program will upgrade and improve skills needed to support Smart Grid implementation. This project will result in 450 new apprenticeship positions and establish a career path for these individuals to move from pre-apprentices to apprentices to journeymen. The project is also training 800 current lineworkers (journeymen, current apprentices, groundhands, splicers, and equipment operators) with adequate knowledge for job retention and implementation of the Smart Grid. Trainees are immediately placed in jobs.

Contact Information

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

Vivian Benton
Principal Investigator
Workforce Development Institute Inc
96 South Swan St
Albany, NY 12210-1939

Recipient: Workforce Development Institut
HQ State: New York
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $3,116,872
Federal Share: $1,588,436
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Job growth and retention
  • Upgraded clean-energy technologies
  • Expanded Smart Grid
  • Workplace-ready trainees

The Department of Energy's Office of Electricity (OE) recognizes that our nation's sustained economic prosperity, quality of life, and global competitiveness depends on an abundance of secure, reliable, and affordable energy resources. OE leads the Department of Energy's efforts to ensure a resilient, and flexible electricity system in the United States. Learn more about OE >>

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