A new Department of Energy (DOE) proposal, announced on December 28th and covered by Utility Drive, would raise the energy efficiency standard for distribution transformers by 2027. This new rule would reduce emissions and potentially save consumers $15 billion over 30 years, according to DOE numbers. Most electricity generated by power plants is distributed by transformers to reduce the voltage before it enters residential or commercial buildings.
Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, backed the change in a public statement. “Most distribution transformers today use outdated technology that wastes electricity before it even gets to our homes and businesses. DOE’s change in standards would ensure all new models “minimize waste and use materials with a robust long term supply.”
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