To help nurture the next generation of thinkers and doers, Rocky Mountain Power is making investments that will lead to stronger communities today and better opportunities for everyone tomorrow.
These investments begin with our consistent support of science, technology, engineering, arts and math education – STEAM – programs. Through our company initiatives and foundation grants, we partnered with over 360 nonprofit organizations and donated $636,000 across our service area in 2019.
Alongside these organizations, we’re determined to empower the next generation by creating and promoting hands-on, inclusive learning opportunities for children, teens and young adults. These curious minds will become our scientists, engineers and technicians who will help as we innovate clean energy and clean transportation solutions, our partners who’ll help us forge the grid of the future and the leaders who’ll help guide the growth of our communities.
Here are a handful of the programs we proudly support:
Bringing STEM education to rural schools
To allow educators to provide high-quality learning opportunities for their students, the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is collaborating with the Idaho STEM Action Center at the College of Eastern Idaho and Idaho State University for i-STEM institutes in June 2021. This funding boost will allow teachers to return to their learning centers with i-STEM program classroom kits, including robots, 3D printers, engineering tools and more.
University teams innovate a cleaner future
A team of students from Utah State University’s microgrid lab recently received a unique hands-on learning experience, powered by grants from Rocky Mountain Power and our Blue SkySM program. The students installed and integrated solar panels, electric vehicle chargers and a complex energy management system into a one-of-a-kind microgrid facility that is helping the students and Rocky Mountain Power learn about cutting-edge grid technologies.
Students engineer solutions to mitigate wildfire risk
Rocky Mountain Power’s student engineering program helps turn STEM education into a pathway to rewarding careers. University of Utah students Lance Felleson and Jacob Maxfield were part of a progressive research and design project that will make the electrical grid more resilient and reliable for our customers. The students’ findings will be incorporated into our safety and design protocols and help us further mitigate the risk of wildfires. We’re thrilled that they both now work for Rocky Mountain Power as part of our substation engineering and transmission planning teams.
Fostering Wyoming’s future workforce
The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation has long supported the University of Wyoming Foundation with funding for student scholarships and community outreach programs. Cultivating innovators, collaborators and problem-solvers of all stripes within the energy industry continues to be an important focus of our connection with the university and Wyoming as a whole.
While delivering safe, affordable and reliable power to our communities is still our top priority, we always keep looking forward. From volunteer hours to financial contributions, Rocky Mountain Power is honored to support these efforts to keep future generations prepared to be the innovators, thinkers and doers that will be the backbone of the workforce of tomorrow.← Back to All Stories