Washington D.C., June 8, 2022— Statement from American Public Power Association President & CEO Joy Ditto:
APPA appreciates the Biden Administration’s focus and action on supply chain issues, which threaten electric utilities’ ability to provide reliable and affordable power to U.S. homes, businesses, and critical facilities.
Electric utilities are currently experiencing shortages of distribution transformers, smart meters, conductor materials, skilled labor, and other necessities due to the economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. And APPA has pointed out that without immediate action, delayed investments and expanding lead times for new equipment caused by a lack of materials and labor will continue to compound the problem—possibly for years to come. This is particularly concerning as we head into the summer months and storm season, which already threaten the reliability of electric service.
On behalf of our more than 49 million customers, APPA and its members look forward to working with the Administration, our government partners, and manufacturers to explore every option available to ramp up production and availability of critical grid components so that we can continue to power our communities.