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Rulemaking for Electric Motors Energy Conservation Standard

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) amended energy conservation standards for certain commercial and industrial electric motors, under subpart B of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 431, including a number of different groups of electric motors that DOE has not previously regulated. For those groups of electric motors currently regulated, the proposed standards would maintain the current energy conservation standards for some electric motor types and amend the energy conservation standards for other electric motor types.

DOE’s analyses indicate that the proposed standards would save a significant amount of energy. Estimated lifetime savings for electric motors purchased over the 30-year period that begins in the year of compliance with new and amended standards (2015–2044) would amount to 7.0 quads (full-fuel-cycle energy). This is equivalent to 30 percent of total U.S. industrial primary energy consumption in 2011.

The estimated cumulative net present value (NPV) of total consumer costs and savings attributed to the proposed standards for electric motors ranges from 8.7 billion (at a 7-percent discount rate) to $23.3 billion (at a 3-percent discount rate).

Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information

Recent Updates

DOE publishes final rule regarding energy conservation standards for certain commercial and industrial electric motors. 79 FR 30933 (May 29, 2014).

Public Meeting Information

No public meeting is scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The electric motors energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE–2010–BT–STD– 0027 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Request for Information
Preliminary Analysis
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule

*After a regulatory action has been completed, Executive Order 12866 requires agencies to identify the substantive changes between the draft submitted to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review and the action subsequently announced, and to identify those changes made at the suggestion or recommendation of OIRA.

Related Rulemakings

DOE also published a proposed rulemaking regarding the test procedure for electric motors. For more information, please see the rulemaking page.

Statutory Authority

The current energy conservation standards for medium electric motors are mandated by Part A–1, the "Certain Industrial Equipment" of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. (42 U.S.C. 6311–6317). This equipment is treated as covered equipment under Part A-1. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(A))

Contact Information

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