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U.S. Department of Energy Turns to NEMA Program for Energy Efficiency Criteria


New York, Feb 16, 2006

The Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) recently issued a federal notice mandating federal purchase of NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) Premium motors in federal facilities. The standard, which is based on recommendations jointly submitted to FEMP by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and NEMA, supports energy-smart management—a concept which has seen increased demand across many industries in recent years.

The new specifications further the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which established energy-efficient initiatives for federal agencies. The nation’s largest consumer of energy, the federal government has mandated a number of practices, to reduce federal energy consumption by 2% annually. The Department of Energy estimates that over ten years, the NEMA Premium motor program will save 5,800 gigawatts of electricity and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 million metric tons (equivalent to taking 16 million cars off the nation’s roads).

“Adoption of NEMA Premium by FEMP as the federal motors efficiency standard clearly signals our country’s willingness to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Emerson Motor Company’s Rob Boteler, chairman of NEMA’s Motors and Generators Section Energy Management Task Force. “NEMA fully expects many industrial and commercial motors users to follow the federal example and specify only NEMA Premium motors.”

NEMA, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), established the NEMA Premium Energy Efficient Motors Program to reduce electrical consumption and costs, improve product efficiency and reliability, and reduce the environmental impact of electrical power generation. Efficiency criteria established by NEMA’s program served as the basis for the FEMP standard, which expands the definition of premium-efficient motors to include medium-voltage electric motors (up to 5 kilovolts) with rated capacities up to 500 horsepower.

“This further implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 provisions is a win for the federal government, for energy efficiency advocates, and for NEMA member companies,” said Kyle Pitsor, NEMA’s vice president of government relations.

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