More Electric Motors Subject to Energy Conservation Standards Under DOE Rule
The Department of Energy has issued a final rule applying the existing energy conservation standards for electric motors to a wider scope of motors that are not currently regulated. This rule also requires all currently regulated electric motors, with the exception of fire pump electric motors, to satisfy specified efficiency levels. DOE states that as a practical matter most currently regulated motors will continue to be required to meet the same standards they are already required to meet but certain motors will be required to meet more stringent efficiency levels. This rule will be effective as of July 28 and compliance with the standards it establishes will be required starting on June 1, 2016.
DOE believes that the standards in this final rule represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would result in significant conservation of energy. DOE further notes that equipment achieving these standard levels is already commercially available for most covered equipment classes.