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Energy Efficiency Standards Announced

William Opalka

Energy.gov logoTwo new energy efficiency standards for electric motors and walk-in coolers and freezers that could save businesses up to $26 billion on their utility bills through 2030 were released by the energy Department.

Electric motors used extensively in a variety of applications, such as industrial machines, conveyor belts and escalators will become more efficient. Last year, approximately 5 million electric motors were shipped in the United States, according to the Department. 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 today 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.

The efficiency standards update those released in 2010 standards for electric motors and the 2009 standards for walk-in coolers and freezers. These standards incorporate feedback from industry, consumer and environmental advocacy groups and other stakeholders and will go into effect three years after publication in the Federal Register for walk-in coolers and freezers and two years after publication in the Federal Register for electric motors.

 



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