Yesterday morning at their annual meeting in Toronto, EEI Executive Director Diane Munns announced the creation of a joint program between EEI and NEMA to provide and procure efficient distribution transformers ahead of the Department of Energy's 2010 mandate. With CEOs from Consolidated Edison, TECO, Duke, and Pepco present, Munns lauded the efforts of utilities and manufacturers to implement efficiency technologies that are feasible today. Losses from transformers account for approximately 3% of electricty produced nationwide. In a market where energy costs are only headed up, this program represents a sensible measure to squeeze more performance from our existing grid.

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