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New Energy Regulations Affect Form, Fit and Function of Industrial Electric Motors

Over the past 35 years, motor regulations have expanded, requiring manufacturers to design and build more efficient electric motors and do their part in helping reduce energy consumption around the globe. In 1992, the true beginning of motor regulations, the Department of Energy (DOE) started putting strict minimum inefficiencies electric motors had to meet. The DOE and with the help of the utilities continued to tighten the minimum efficiency levels with new levels in 2005 and then again in 2010. Fast forward to June 1st, 2016 and yet another notch has been added to include majority of general purpose, 1 – 500 horsepower (and equivalent kilowatt) motors must meet premium efficiency.

New energy regulations affect form, fit, and function

The regulations state, it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to design and build compliant products as of June 1st, 2016 but can still sell inventory that is in inventory prior to June 1st. To meet the new regulations, an exempt motor in previous rulings form, fit and function may be altered to be sure it meets those minimum efficiency requirements. Read the full article at Pumps and Systems Magazine online.


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