NEMA Anticipates Favorable DOE Ruling for Electric Motors

ROSSLYN, Va. — The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed a new rule last week to increase energy efficiency for electric motors.


According to DOE, the rule could save consumers up to $23 billion and cut emissions of carbon dioxide from electric motors by roughly 400 million metric tons over a 30-year span.


The efficiency standards proposed in the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) balance the tradeoff of maximum feasible efficiency requirements against the challenges of manufacturing high-performance motors across numerous product classes and hundreds of design types.


NEMA’s Motor and Generator Section worked with energy advocates, among other partners, over the course of several years to submit a Motor Coalition Petition to DOE in August 2012. Much of the petition’s data and arguments were preserved in last week’s NOPR. NEMA is pleased with DOE’s careful consideration made in weighing the numerous concerns and comments submitted by advocates and industry to develop the NOPR.

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