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Mexico Issues New Energy Efficiency Standards for Clothes Washers and Certain Motors

The Mexican government has established new mandatory energy efficiency standards for clothes washers for household use and certain three-phase motors. Subject merchandise that is produced in or imported into Mexico must comply with the new requirements by 14 January 2017 in the case of covered motors and 14 May 2017 in the case of covered clothes washers.

The new standard for clothes washers (NOM-005-ENER-2016) includes requirements regarding classification, specifications, sampling, acceptance criteria, test methods, labelling and other commercial information, conformity assessment procedures and enforcement. Among other requirements, automatic clothes washers will be required to comply with a minimum energy factor of 60 litres per kilowatt-hour per cycle, up from an energy factor of 45 litres per kilowatt-hour per cycle currently. Manual clothes washers will have to comply with a maximum energy consumption threshold ranging from 17 to 94 kWh per year (compared to 19 to 104 kWh per year currently), while semi-automatic clothes washers will be subject to a maximum energy consumption threshold ranging from 19 to 144 kWh per year (compared to 21 to 160 kWh per year currently).

NOM-016-ENER-2016, meanwhile, covers three-phase, alternating current, induction, squirrel cage-type motors with a nominal power between 0.746 kW and 373 kW. It includes provisions on classification, specifications, sampling, acceptance criteria, test methods, marking, conformity assessment and enforcement.

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