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Fixing a misguided Department of Energy regulation to save Ohio steel jobs

By Sen. Sherrod Brown

For the last year, we’ve been fighting to stop a proposed Department of Energy rule that would have put the supply chain for transformers at risk and threatened hundreds of Ohio steel jobs.

Transformers, the metal boxes on powerline poles, are crucial to our electric grid. And when storms knock out transformers and power lines, it takes too many communities too long to get the power back on because of delays in the transformer supply chain. The last thing Ohio communities need is more hurdles to getting new transformers.


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