UAW Local 3033 and Cleveland Cliffs Butler Facility in Pennsylvania is the only United States manufacturer of Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel (GOES), the metal found in electrical distribution transformers.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of a proposed rulemaking concerning efficiency standards. Part of that standard will be the use of GOES vs. amorphous metal (AM). GOES is the most efficient steel in high-volume distribution.
AM cores are imported by foreign countries. With no domestic supplier of AM cores, our electrical grids will be reliant on an imported supply chain, potentially causing shipping issues that will limit our country’s ability to respond when unforeseen circumstances impact our electrical grid.
We urge you to sign this petition asking the DOE to proceed with a standard that ensures the continued use of the GOES in distribution transformers.