The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed Monday a new rule 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 yesterday’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.
NEMA will continue to explore the details of the NOPR on behalf of its members and will issue public comments in time for the late January 2014 deadline.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 350 electrical, medical imaging, and radiation therapy manufacturers at the forefront of electrical safety, reliability, resilience, efficiency, and energy security. Our combined industries account for more than 400,000 American jobs and more than 7,000 facilities across the United States. Domestic production exceeds $117 billion per year.