News release from the Governor’s Office:
Governor Jim Gibbons today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Nevada a $438,573 grant. The grant comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package). The Governor’s Energy Advisor, Dr. Hatice Gecol, applied for the grant.
The money will be used to hire or retrain people and expand state-level capacities to address challenges to Nevada’s electricity system, including readiness for emergency situations such as blackouts or service interruptions due to natural disasters or other infrastructure failures.
“Nevada must be prepared for any emergency or disaster,” Governor Gibbons said, “And that includes making sure our power distribution system is studied and plans can be created to make sure Nevadans have continuous electric service.”
This grant program follows a pledge from the U.S. Department of Energy to make America’s electric grid more reliable.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011, where he completed a dissertation on social media, journalism and crisis communications. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.