Industry uses roughly one-third of all the energy used in the United States. Most of the energy that industry uses is supplied from natural gas and petroleum, with electricity coming in a distant third, followed closely by coal.
NEMA works with the Department of Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program to offer energy saving solutions that can be implemented right away. Technical assistance programs include plant assessment, system optimization software tools, information and technology dissemination, and showcase demonstrations. All are available to stimulate near-term adoption of energy management best practices and technologies.
NEMA’s Energy Efficiency Coalition for Industry advocates for policies that encourage investments by manufacturing facilities in energy efficient processes.
One way to improve efficiency of manufacturing processes is to improve the efficiency of electric motor and generator driven systems. These account for nearly 70% of the electricity consumed in the U.S. industrial manufacturing sector, and 23% of all electricity consumed nationally. Improvements in motor-driven systems can yield significant energy cost savings and reduction of the estimated 290 billion kWh consumed each year.
NEMA has led the way to improved electric motor efficiency. The industry created the first motor energy efficiency standards in 1987, which were incorporated into national federal law in 1992.
In 2003, NEMA established a NEMA Premium® energy efficiency motors program to provide highly energy efficient products that meet the needs and applications of users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) based on a consensus definition of "premium efficiency" and use of the NEMA Premium® logo for premium products. NEMA Premium® labeled electric motors will assist purchasers to optimize motor systems efficiency, reduce electrical power consumption and costs, and improve system reliability. It is estimated that the NEMA Premium® efficiency motor program would save 5,800 gigawatts of electricity. This translates to preventing nearly 80 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the next 10 years -- equivalent to keeping 16 million cars off the road.
For more information go to the NEMA Premium® energy efficiency motors program and the Motor Decisions Matter website.