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As part of a $2.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE), located in North Dakota, has developed the fourth and final course in a series on the smart grid.

The new course, "Impact of the Smart Grid," will provide a comprehensive understanding of the business impacts that affect decision-making on the implementation, governing and operation of the smart grid.

According to Alicia Uhde, NECE training and program manager, smart grid courses ensure those already working in the industry are prepared for the latest advances in technology.

"The NECE works really closely with industry leaders and national organizations like the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) to offer relevant and technically advanced training. Smart grid is being integrated all over the world, and we are proud to be part of making sure that energy industry employees are ready for it," Uhde says.

The new course addresses an array of business impacts that accompany smart grid deployment, including financial implications, emissions implications and methods to produce a quality business plan for a smart grid project. It is an online self-study course with approximately 12 hours of content and is open for registration.



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