Make Your Voice Heard at March 14 Roundtable to Regulate Transformers

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Contact: Alex Strong
astrong@nahb.org
Senior Director, Federal Legislative
(202) 266-8279

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA's) Office of Advocacy will host a roundtable open to the public to discuss the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rule to regulate energy conservation standards for distribution transformers.

The roundtable will take place on Tuesday, March 14, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET, and those interested in joining the roundtable discussion to air your views can send an email to Prianka Sharma, assistant chief counsel, SBA Office of Advocacy, at Prianka.Sharma@sba.gov.

NAHB is encouraging its members to participate in this critical discussion and use the opportunity to tell the administration that the supply of distribution transformers is critically low and now is not the time to be heaping onerous energy-efficiency standards on domestic producers of transformers. NAHB and other groups recently sent a joint letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm warning that the DOE’s proposal to increase the energy conservation standards for the production of electrical transformers will severely exacerbate the current supply shortage.

It currently takes more than 16 months to produce and deploy new transformers, and the inability to quickly manufacture and deliver these critical components threatens the ability of the electric sector to service current and planned housing markets. DOE’s proposed rule will just make a bad situation worse.

Read the proposed rule here.

Comment on the proposed rule here.

Again, to participate in the March 14 meeting and make your views heard, send an email to Prianka Sharma.

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