Small Electric Motors

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “small electric motor” means a National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) general purpose alternating current single-speed induction motor built in a two-digit frame series in accordance with NEMA Standards Publication MG1-1987, including International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) metric equivalent motors.  The scope of this webpage only includes the small electric motors regulated in 10 CFR 431, Subpart X and does not include those electric motors regulated in 10 CFR 431, Subpart B.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

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.

Notice of Petition

DOE has publishedFederal Register notice of petition and request for comment pertaining to a petition received from North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation Efficiency Verification Services seeking classification as a nationally recognized certification program. The petition includes documentation to help substantiate the company’s position that its certification program for electric motors and small electric motors satisfies the evaluation criteria for classification as a nationally recognized certification program.

  • The comment period is closed.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to the test procedure for small electric motors and other electric motors. In this NOPR, DOE proposes to further harmonize it's procedures with industry practice by incorporating a new industry standard - IEC 60034-2-1:2014 - that manufacturers would be permitted to use as an alternative to the existing industry standards that are already incorporated by reference as options to use when testing small electric motor and electric motor efficiency.

The docket EERE-2017-BT-TP-0047 contains all notices, public comments, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Request for Information

  • Request for Information, Federal Register, 82 FR 35468 (July 31, 2017).
  • Request for Information, Extension of Public Comment Period, Federal Register, 82 FR 41179 (August 30, 2017). 
  • Comment deadline: Closed

Notice of Petition

  • Notice of Petition 82FR50844 (November 2, 2017).
  • Comment deadline: Closed
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 84FR17004 (April 23, 2019)
  • Comment deadline: Closed

Certification, Compliance, Labeling, and Enforcement

DOE is currently undertaking a rulemaking to revise its certification, compliance, and enforcement regulations for electric motors and small electric motors to conform to the enforcement regulations for all other covered products and equipment and to consolidate, to the extent possible, the certification and compliance regulations for electric motors and small electric motors with those for other types of covered products and equipment.

The Certification, Compliance, Labeling, and Enforcement for Electric Motors and Small Electric Motors rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-CE-0019 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Standards

DOE has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through a Request for Information (RFI) to determine whether to amend the current energy conservation standards for small electric motors. 84FR14027 (April 9, 2019)

DOE recently undertook a rulemaking that concluded with a final rule in March 2010 to establish new and amended energy conservation standards for small electric motors.  The small electric motor conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2007-BT-STD-0007 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Final Rule

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period has closed.

Test Procedure

DOE has publlished a Federal Register notice of proposed rule (NOPR) pertaining to test procedures for small electric motors. 84FR17004 (April 23, 2019)

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of petition and request for public comment pertaining to test procedures for Small Electric Motors. 82FR50844 (November 2, 2017).

DOE has published a notice in the Federal Register initiating a data collection process through a Request for Information to consider whether to amend DOE’s test procedure for small electric motors. 82 FR 35468 (July 31, 2017).

DOE published a final rule regarding test procedures for small electric motors in July 2009.  Small electric motors test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2007-BT-TP-0008 contains all public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents.

Final Rule

Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold a public meeting on this proposed test procedure if a public meeting is requested by May 7, 2019.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.


Current Standard

Small electric motors manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291(16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 431.446 through 431.448.


Current Test Procedure

Manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified in 10 CFR 431.443 through 431.445 to determine that electric motors that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards.


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Compliance

Records Maintenance Requirements

DOE has established records maintenance requirements for electric motor manufacturers in section 10 CFR 431.403 of the Code of Regulations.  These requirements describe the types, organization, and retention duration of the required documentation.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage.

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 431.401.

Exceptions

Currently, there are no exemptions for electric motors authorized by DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals. For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.


Import and Export Provisions

10 CFR 431.404 contains provisions on importing electric motors into the United States.

10 CFR 431.405 contains provisions on exporting electric motors from the United States.

Subpoena Authority for Energy Efficiency

10 CFR 431.406 explains subpoena authority given to the Secretary of Energy related to carrying out part 431 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Confidentiality of Electric Motor Data and Information

10 CFR 431.407 explains the protocol for confidentiality requests for manufacturers or private labelers of electric motors to follow when submitting data and information to the DOE.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database.

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard.  States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions.  For details, see 10 CFR 431, Subpart W.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
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