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NEMA and ACEEE agree on motor efficiency standards.

Press Release Summary:

Apr 13, 2007 - NEMA and ACEEE have recommended changes and additions to national energy-efficiency standards for industrial electric motors to Congressional energy committees for consideration in legislation. Taking effect 36 months from enactment, changes affect 1-200 hp poly-phase, integral-horsepower induction motors; 7 types of low voltage poly-phase, integral-horsepower induction motors not covered under federal law; and NEMA B 201-500 hp motors.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA and ACEEE Reach Agreement on Industrial Motor Efficiency Standards

Press release date: Mar 30, 2007

(ROSSLYN, VA) - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have announced that they have reached consensus on federal standards for energy-efficient motors. They have jointly recommended important changes and additions to the current national energy-efficiency standards for industrial electric motors to Congressional energy committees for their consideration in legislation now under development.

The organizations recommend that changes affecting three different types of electric motors take effect 36 months from enactment. The motors are 1 to 200 horsepower general purpose, poly-phase integral-horsepower induction motors; seven types of low voltage poly-phase, integral-horsepower induction motors not currently covered under federal law; and NEMA design "B" 201 to 500 horsepower general purpose motors

NEMA and ACEEE will also request tax incentives for motor manufacturers and end-use purchasers to accelerate the production and installation of premium efficiency electric motors during the 36 months prior to the effective date of the new motor standards.

These proposed standards will raise the efficiency of industrial motors in coming years to the highest levels of any country in the world. Because they can operate for more than 20 years, accelerating the production and installation of more NEMA Premium efficiency level motors will result in significant long-term savings. ACEEE projects that the net cumulative energy savings attributable to this proposal will be 8 billion kilowatt hours through 2030; the net economic savings for consumers will be $500 million. Both NEMA and ACEEE see this proposal as a great opportunity to help the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.