Grid Modernization & Broadband Expansion

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What Exactly is Grid Modernization?

Grid modernization refers to changes needed in the power grid to accommodate all the rapid technological changes happening in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power. In particular, grid modernization often implies the increasing application of sensors, computers and communications, that is, increasing the intelligence or ‘smarts’ of the grid but the main goal is still the flexibility needed to adapt to the whole range of new technologies in the grid.

Grid Modernization & Broadband is focused on expanding and updating our region’s existing energy grid and broadband access. This sector creates blue-collar jobs while also providing the necessary infrastructure for future regional growth.

Resource: Rural Broadband, the Next Generation of Jobs, by The Rural Broadband Association

Occupations in Grid Modernization & Broadband Expansion

Let’s take a look at just a few of the fastest-growing jobs in this sector.

  • Computer systems analysts
  • Network and computer systems administrators
  • Operations research analysts
  • Software developers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Electronics engineers, except computer
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technicians
  • Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay
  • Electrical power-line intallers and repairers
  • Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers
  • Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers
  • Power distributors and dispatchers
  • Electricians
  • Meter readers, utilities
  • Urban and regional planners

Resource: Rural Broadband, the Next Generation of Jobs, by The Rural Broadband Association

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Opportunities in Grid Modernization & Broadband Expansion

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BRITE Energy Innovators

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Pitt Center for Sustainable Business

The mission of the Center for Sustainable Business is to maximize the value of investments in sustainable business strategies for all stakeholders. We accomplish this by leveraging the unique expertise and capabilities of an active research and teaching community together with the applied knowledge and industry experience of some of the world’s most influential companies.

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Green Building Alliance

GBA definitively transforms how we build communities, from the materials we use, to the structure of buildings, to the plans and policies that set new standard for the future.

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EOS Energy Storage System

At EOS, we’re on a mission to accelerate clean energy by developing and deploying storage solutions that deliver the reliable and cost-competitive power that the market expects in a sustainable way.

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Sustainable Pittsburgh

At Sustainable Pittsburgh, we empower decision-making that builds a fundamentally equitable, resilient, healthy, and prosperous region.

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New Sun Rising

New Sun Rising (NSR) designs and implements programs that create economic opportunity, solve social challenges, and strengthen community vibrancy.

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ProtoGen, Inc.

Our mission is to advance the energy transition by supporting the development of clean energy markets, enabling technologies, and a capable workforce.

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