Florida Power & Light Company Smart Grid Project

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Florida Power & Light Company, located in Miami, Florida, will receive $200 million in funding to develop a smarter, more efficient energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Florida Power & Light as one of 100 companies to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The Gateway to Power Consortium (G2P), led by Florida Power & Light and Smart Energy Grid Associates, consists of four Florida colleges/universities and three out-of-state universities. Their mission is to deliver workforce training for electrical power sector personnel in areas most relevant to the next-generation electric power workforce. These college and university-level cross-disciplinary training programs will lead to both certificates and degrees that include science, engineering, social science, economics, and other topics needed as the traditional power system transforms into a national, clean-energy Smart Grid. Courses include Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Customer Interaction with Smart Grid, and Synergy of Smart Energy Systems. Program graduates will have the knowledge and skills to design, plan, construct, operate, and maintain a modern electricity delivery system, including power system infrastructure and information systems. It is expected that several jobs with salaries ranging from $57K to $95K will be created as a result of this initiative.[3]

Equipment

Targeted Benefits

  • Jobs created and retained
  • High-tech training in cutting-edge Smart Grid technologies
  • Efficient service to customers from the use of state-of-the-art technologies
  • Workplace-ready graduates prepared to resolve cross-disciplinary engineering

issues confronting the electric power industry

References

  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida Power and Light Award
  3. Project Information Page