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Community Briefs: $4.4M grant for grid project, wage information sought from construction employees


The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $4.4 million grant to the University of Utah, Rocky Mountain Power and others in an effort to improve the cyber-physical resilience of the power grid.

This project creates a significant opportunity for Rocky Mountain Power to develop experience with technologies that can be used for grid modernization, said Rohit Nair, grid solutions manager at Rocky Mountain Power, in a news release. These include automating more functions of the distribution network, improved outage management as well as better equipment control and data analytics to improve grid operations.

Department of Labor seeking wage info

The U.S. Department of Labor is conducting a wage survey among employees on Utah highway construction projects who were active in 2018.

The survey will help set prevailing wage rates, which is required because of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

Participation in the survey will help level the playing field for all contractors bidding on federally funded construction projects. Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates are most effective when they reflect the wages and fringe benefits paid to construction employees in the county in which they work, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Southwest Regional Administrator Betty Campbell said in a news release. We need the full participation of Utahs construction industry to succeed in this effort.

WHD is sending information and forms to interested parties and contractors of which it is aware, but employees can access the survey online at Responses must be postmarked by Sept. 27 to be valid. Questions can be directed to Craig L. Jackson at (214) 749-2021.


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