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Amendments to Energy Test Procedures for Electric Motors under Review

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking public comments by 24 June and will hold a hearing if requested by 7 May on a proposal to amend its energy test procedures for small electric motors and electric motors by (i) further harmonising its procedures with industry practice by incorporating a new industry standard manufacturers would be permitted to use in addition to the industry standards currently incorporated by reference as options when testing small electric motor efficiency; (ii) further harmonising its test procedures by incorporating an additional industry standard to the two that are already incorporated by reference as options when testing the efficiency of electric motors; and (iii) adopting industry provisions related to the test conditions to ensure the comparability of test results.

The DOE indicates that none of these proposed changes would affect the measured average full-load efficiency of small electric motors or the measured nominal full-load efficiency of electric motors when compared to the current test procedures.

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