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EISA-compliant NEMA motors now available in Europe

07 July 2009

Baldor has announced European availability of NEMA three-phase motors that meet the increased energy efficiency demands required by the USA’s forthcoming Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). This legislation, which becomes mandatory on December 19, 2010, sets stringent new efficiency standards for a broad range of three-phase motors – including explosion proof, severe duty and brake motors – with power ratings from 1 to 500 HP.

EISA-compliant NEMA motors now available in Europe
EISA-compliant NEMA motors now available in Europe

After this date, imports of equipment containing non-compliant motors will be rejected at the USA port of entry. By making EISA-compliant motors directly available to European OEM exporters, Baldor is effectively enabling its customers to stay one step ahead of the game.

The EISA was signed into US law on December 19, 2007, and takes effect three years after that date. Canadian legislation is underway to become mandatory across Canada in 2011. Similar energy efficiency standards will be implemented across the European Union in 2015.

The relevant part of the EISA – section 313, ‘Electric Motor Efficiency Standards – effectively replaces the current 1992 Energy Policy Act (EPAct) legislation that covers low voltage, general-purpose (Subtype I), 3-phase electric motors in the 1 to 200 HP (0.75 to 150 kW) range. It raises the minimum energy efficiency requirements of these motors from NEMA ‘Energy Efficient’ to NEMA ‘Premium Efficient’ (equivalent to the recently-created IEC 60034-30 standard, ‘IE3 Level of efficiency’). It also encompasses Subtype II motors not previously within the EPAct scope, such as close-coupled pump motors, vertical motors and motors from 201 to 500 HP (150 to 375 kW), all of which must now be rated to at least NEMA ‘Energy Efficient’.

All Baldor Super-E motors – a product line that includes nearly 1000 different standard models – already meet or exceed the NEMA ‘Premium Efficient’ levels mandated by the EISA for 1 to 200 HP Subtype I motors. Furthermore, Baldor’s extensive existing line of Standard-E motors will meet the NEMA ‘Energy Efficient’ rating, in order to comply with the EISA requirements for 1 to 200 HP subtype II and 201 to 500 HP general-purpose electric motors.

As Mark Crocker, Baldor UK's Marketing Director, pointed out: “We've heard a lot recently about forthcoming mandatory minimum efficiency standards for motors in Europe, but not many people are aware that the USA is moving even more quickly, and upgrading from current EPAct Energy Efficiency levels to EISA Premium Efficiency levels in less than 18 months’ time! Machinery exporters consequently need to start thinking about this now. Baldor is the leading manufacturer of NEMA motors and we're offering advice to help OEMs make the transition."

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