The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Montana embarked on a challenging project aimed at sourcing powerline components domestically instead of relying on Chinese suppliers. This initiative was in line with the DOE’s commitment to purchasing U.S.-made products and addressing national energy challenges through transformative solutions.

The project, known as the “Powerline Components Project,” involves reverse engineering multiple assemblies and forming wire components required for power lines and substations in Montana. As the DOE lacked success in sourcing the project through traditional means such as, they turned to the MEP program and Sustainment for their expertise and extensive network.

Sustainment’s platform played a crucial role in facilitating the project by enabling easy file sharing among the involved parties. Over 20 shared files were accessible through the platform, streamlining collaboration and ensuring seamless access to the necessary project documentation.

Sustainment’s primary objective was to connect interested and capable parties with the DOE’s point of contact to fulfill the project requirements. By leveraging the platform’s extensive network, Sustainment aimed to identify domestic manufacturers capable of producing the necessary powerline components and forge partnerships that aligned with the DOE’s sourcing goals.

The partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and Sustainment demonstrated the power of collaboration, network connectivity, and technology-driven solutions in achieving strategic sourcing goals. By leveraging the expertise and resources offered by Sustainment’s platform, the DOE aimed to fulfill their commitment to purchasing U.S.-made products and drive innovation within the energy sector.

As the Powerline Components Project progresses, the DOE and Sustainment continue to work together to identify qualified manufacturers, facilitate seamless collaboration, and contribute to the growth of the domestic supply chain for critical powerline infrastructure.