Think tank: U.S. vulnerable due to shortage in power transformers
The United States should spur the supply of transformers by investing in domestic transformer manufacturing and workforce development, U.S.-based think tank Niskanen Center recommends in a news statement.
The national electric grid forms the bedrock of the American economy, but it suffers from dangerous vulnerabilities, Niskanen says. One of them is a shortage of transformers — the voltage-converters critical to electrical transmission and distribution.
These shortfalls hamper our national energy policy and the path to building a sustainable grid. Ensuring a robust reserve of transformers is a simple first step to support grid resilience and allow for the buildout of electric infrastructure that would enable cleaner and greener power. In the process, such a stockpile would bolster domestic manufacturing, spur job creation, and strengthen national security.