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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

The U.S. Department of Energy has extended from 30 August to 13 September the deadline to submit comments and information in connection with a data collection process where the agency will consider whether to amend its energy test procedures for small electric motors, and whether new test procedures are needed for motors beyond those subject to the existing federal test procedures.

To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, the DOE has gathered data identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which the agency is interested in receiving comment. The issues under consideration mainly concern the applicability of the test procedures to additional motor categories (by topology, horsepower, non-standard construction, etc.), definitions, industry test methods, additional clarifications to the test procedures, and any additional topics that may inform the DOE’s decisions in a future rulemaking.

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