Did you know that motors use about half of the electricity in the U.S.? From large industrial machines, to commercial equipment, to home appliances, to even our computers and smart phones, motors are everywhere. Unfortunately we don’t have many details on how the energy use is distributed among the motors’ loads because it has been over 15 years since U.S. Department of Energy [no-glossary](DOE)[/no-glossary] commissioned the last national motor study, and the U.S.
The "Motor Crusher Credit" (actually entitled the Motor Efficiency Rebate Program) passed out of the Senate Energy Committee last Wednesday as Sec. 228 of the comprehensive energy bill the American Clean Energy Leadership Act. See ACEEE's press release on the bill for details and a link of our assessment of the energy efficiency impacts of the bill.
Well, the month of April has been a busy one in Washington Energy Policy circles. In addition to the Senate's energy efficiency in manufacturing legislation (S. 661), we are dealing with the House's Waxman-Markey climate legislation. One important element of the discussion is how to develop policies to mitigate the cost of climate legislation on energy-intensive industries.
Yesterday, the Senate Energy Committee passed a rebate provision as part of its Energy Bill markup that would set a new 'crush for credit' program at DOE. This legislation creates a new energy-efficient motor rebate program for the purchase of NEMA Premium® efficiency electrical motors, providing a $25 per horse-power rebate for the purchase of NEMA Premium® motors, as well as a $5 per horse-power rebate for the disposal of the old, inefficient motor.
Richmond, Virginia — By investing in energy-efficient technologies, the Commonwealth of Virginia can reduce its electricity needs by one-fifth; deliver cleaner, less-expensive power to Virginia consumers; create thousands of new jobs; and better position the state to more cost effectively meet its future energy requirements, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) have agreed to a new set of proposed energy efficiency standards for industrial electric motors. Because motors use more electricity than any other end-use technology, it is estimated that the new standards will achieve major electricity savings.
ACEEE Helps Building Owners Manage Volatile Energy Costs: Launches Online Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Equipment
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A highly competitive business environment, coupled with roiling oil and natural gas prices, demands that building and business decision-makers achieve the lowest possible energy costs. Energy services cost commercial businesses about $100 billion a year, an average of about $1.50 per square foot of commercial floor space.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Improvements in motor systems and management can yield significant energy savings, up to 42 percent, according to a recently revised ACEEE reference manual. The book, Energy-Efficient Motor Systems: A Handbook on Technology, Program, and Policy Opportunities, was released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Guide to Energy-Efficient Equipment Helps Owners and Occupants of Commercial Buildings: Updated 2nd Edition
Washington, D.C. — Owners and occupants of commercial buildings spend more than $80 billion a year on heating, cooling, lighting, and other energy services. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Equipment provides commercial building owners and occupants with practical, up-to-date information on how to reduce energy consumption, improve building systems performance, and increase worker comfort and productivity.