US Department of Energy conservation standards for industrial pumps, fans and compressors
This white paper, prepared by Baldor Electric's Brent McManis, will discuss the current progress of rulemaking on industrial pumps, fans and compressors.
The U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) has authority to set energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial equipment under the Title III Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975. The stated purpose of EPCA is to “... to improve the efficiency of electric motors and pumps and certain other industrial equipment in order to conserve the energy resources of the Nation”. EPCA list 11 specific types of covered equipment that includes electric motors and pumps. Additionally, the EPCA allows the Secretary of the Department of Energy to identify other industrial equipment that is covered. The EPCA authorizes the DOE to issue standards, test procedures and labeling requirements for covered equipment.
Since 1992, the DOE has promulgated standards on electric motor efficiency that will soon raise the bar on most electric motors from 1 to 500 HP to NEMA Premium efficiency levels. Now the DOE is looking at the efficiency of pumps, fans and compressors and has begun the process of developing energy efficiency standards for these industrial equipment types. This white paper will discuss the current progress of rulemaking on industrial pumps, fans and compressors. Proposed covered equipment types in each categories, possible standards, rulemaking methodology and schedule will be discussed.