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Mexico Proposes New Energy Efficiency Standards for Clothes Washers, Certain Motors

The Mexican government is assessing the possibility of establishing new mandatory energy efficiency standards for domestically-produced and imported clothes washers for household use and certain three-phase motors. Input on these proposals may be submitted by 1 July.

The proposal on clothes washers (PROY-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 would have 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 would 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 would 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). The new standards would enter into force 180 days from the date of publication of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.

The second proposal (PROY-NOM-016-ENER-2016) 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. The new requirements for these products would enter into force 60 days from the date of publication of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.

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