Strong New Energy Efficiency Rules for Electric Motors

electromotor(27/Nov/2013) Electric motors are about as common in U.S. industry and commercial buildings as roast turkey at Thanksgiving. According to the Energy Information Administration, about one-half of all electricity used by U.S. industry goes to power motors. While electric motors will be far from most Americans’ minds this Thursday, it’s worth taking a moment now to be thankful for the feast of energy and dollar savings provided by the strong new motor efficiency standards proposed by U.S. DOE today .

According to today’s proposal, new motors meeting the proposed standards purchased over the next 30 years will save businesses about 1 trillion kilowatt hour and $23 billion. (The U.S. as a whole uses about 4 trillion kWh per year.) Those savings go right to the bottom line, making U.S. industry more competitive. Those electricity savings translate to millions of fewer tons of power sector emissions.

DOE based the proposed standards on a joint recommendation filed with them by manufacturers and efficiency advocates, including ASAP and ACEEE, in August 2012. Two years in the making, the recommendation took an innovative approach: rather than trying to set slightly higher standards for electric motors already covered by two rounds of previous U.S. standards, we recommended that DOE expand the scope of coverage to many motor types not previously regulated.

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