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Utilities press for White House meeting to lobby against proposed transformer rules

September 28, 2023

Opponents of DOE’s proposed standard for distribution transformers say utilities have faced supply chain issues for years and even small improvements in efficiency can worsen the situation.

“Due to the intricate ways transformers are designed and assembled, increasing their efficiency even by a fraction of a percentage point could add months to an already lengthy order cycle,” the groups wrote in their letter to Podesta.

The letter was signed by the American Public Power Association, Edison Electric Institute, National Association of Home Builders, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, known as NEMA, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The groups say they have been communicating with DOE since 2021 about the supply chain challenges.

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