Granholm says contentious transformer rule will be adjusted

By Nico Portuondo | 03/20/2024 01:34 PM EDT

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to defend the president’s fiscal 2025 budget request.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm testified Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Department of Energy is planning to adjust a proposed rule on transformers that has drawn the ire of Hill lawmakers, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday.

Granholm, who appeared before the House Energy-Water Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday to defend the agency’s 2025 budget request, suggested the rule would be softened after conversations with industry and union representatives.

“Adjustments have been made,” Granholm said. “It’s one of the beauties of being able to do proposed rules and getting that input in our feedback loop.”


The initial DOE proposal would force many distribution transformers to be made with more efficient — but less domestically available — amorphous steel cores.