Can I still buy motors that do not meet the NEMA Premium efficiency standards? The new regulations state that all motors manufactured after June 1, 2016 must meet the standards, but any motors manufactured prior to that date can be sold.
Why motors are regulated Federal regulation of motor efficiency is still relatively new, dating back only to the 1992 passage of the Energy Policy Act.
EPAct introduced North America’s first energy standards and regulations for HVAC equipment, lamps and a limited number of general purpose motors.
Enforced by the Department of Energy (DOE), the new regulations established efficiency requirements using levels defined by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).
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