Energy Conservation Standards Proposed for Compressors
The Department of Energy is proposing new energy conservation standards for compressors that, if adopted, would apply to all covered products manufactured in or imported into the U.S. starting five years after the publication of a final rule. Subject compressors are those that are air compressors, rotary or reciprocating compressors, driven by a brushless electric motor, and distributed in commerce with a compressor motor nominal horsepower greater than or equal to 1 and less than or equal to 500 and that operate at a full-load operating pressure of greater than or equal to 31 and less than or equal to 225 pounds per square inch gauge.
DOE has tentatively concluded that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would result in the significant conservation of energy. In addition, compressors achieving the proposed standards are already commercially available for all proposed equipment classes. However, DOE notes that it is seriously considering the adoption of a more stringent energy efficiency standard in this rulemaking.
DOE will hold a public meeting on this proposal (which will also be broadcast as a webinar) June 20. DOE also welcomes comments, data and information regarding this proposal through July 18.