HE motors: Prepare for high-efficiency mandates

Part of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) addresses efficiency levels of industrial electric motors, and will go into effect December 2010.

By Control Engineering Staff June 26, 2008

An adequate energy supply in the United States is vital to ensure industrial growth, points out motor and drive manufacturer Baldor . On Dec. 19, 2007, President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). This wide-ranging law covers many items to promote sustainable energy supplies and energy efficiency. Part of EISA addresses raising the efficiency levels of industrial electric motors. EISA will go into effect in December 2010.
As mandated by EISA, the efficiency of 1 through 200 hp electric motors (currently regulated by the Energy Policy Act of 1992) will be raised to NEMA Premium efficiency levels. The company says its Baldor-Reliance premium efficient Super-E motors, which it says are in stock now, offer performances meeting or exceeding EISA levels. In addition, it says, Super-E ratings are available from Baldor distributors across the United States. Furthermore, the company says, custom Super-E designs are available through 15,000 hp.
C.G. Masi , senior editor, Control Engineering News Desk
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