New US Energy Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors

THE U.S. Energy Department have set two new energy efficiency standards for electric motors and walk-in coolers and freezers, saving businesses $26 billion on utility bills through 2030

It is estimated that these new standards combined will help reduce carbon pollution by up to 158 million metric tons – equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 21 million homes.

“Energy efficiency is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to save money, cut greenhouse gas pollution and help businesses strengthen their bottom lines,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “By working with industry and efficiency groups, the Energy Department continues to make strong progress in developing appliance standards that save communities and businesses billions of dollars while strengthening U.S. energy security.”

Electric motors are used extensively in a variety of applications, such as industrial machines, conveyor belts and escalators. Last year, approximately 5 million electric motors were shipped in the United States. A standard 30 horsepower electric motor consumes approximately 62,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The new standard will save consumers up to nearly $16 billion and prevent 96 million metric tons of CO2 through 2030.

In addition, the Energy Department issued a final efficiency standard for walk-in coolers and freezers, such as the milk display at the supermarket. This standard will help cut energy bills by about $10 billion and result in CO2 emissions reductions of 62 million metric tons through 2030.

Picture of escalator by Stig Nygaard [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday 13th May 2014


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