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Transformer supply-chain crisis!

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Energy Market Specialist, Hitachi Energy USA Inc.

Kent Knutson is a market specialist focusing on energy industry intelligence for Hitachi Energy.  He has more than 30 years of experience designing and developing intelligence products for some...

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This is a highly informative article by Joy Ditto, President, and CEO of the American Public Power Association (APPA) highlighting the importance of expanding the supply and narrowing the delivery time, of distribution transformers.

https://www.publicpower.org/blog/we-must-keep-expressing-urgency-about-transformer-crisis 

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Sandy Lawrence on Oct 19, 2022

Excellent discussion, have seen several other description of the dilemma the country faces with transformers, both distribution + transmission. I feel there is no solution not entailing federal support, by tax credit + other means, to get the pipeline open + begin to stockpile these critical infrastructure goods, dispersed around the country + ready for use. I say this not so much as an EV driver of nine years, but as someone who is a student of the grid. Thanks.

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Michael Keller on Oct 20, 2022

Not so sure the Federal government is the solution - the bureaucrats and politicians will only make things worse.

Turns out there are a number of federal regulations on transformers, including efficiency requirements.

Looks to me like the problem is being made worse by bureaucratic regulations that stifle domestic manufacturing. Also, noticed regulations are attempting to close off purchases of foreign made transformers.

Looks like the problem is being exacerbated by government created “catch-22” overregulation.

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