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US electrical steel shortage threatens energy transition, power outage recovery, groups warn Biden

May 24, 2023

A shortage of electrical steel is challenging the transition to emissions-free vehicles, delaying power restoration after storms and slowing new home and commercial construction, electric utilities and other groups warned President Biden on Monday.

Electrical steel is used in the manufacturing of transformers, electric vehicle chargers, electric motors and other equipment.

β€œIt is vital that the federal government recognize and support the domestic production of electrical steel to meet the unprecedented demand for electrification and grid modernization and resilience initiatives,” the groups said.

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