House Approves NEMA Premium Motor Rebate Program

With the provision now in both the House and Senate bills, NEMA is optimistic that motor rebates will be included in eventual final energy legislation.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce last week approved an amendment to create a NEMA Premium motor rebate program. During committee work on the House of Representative’s climate change legislation, Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Mike Ross (D-Ark.) offered an amendment to incentivize the adoption of NEMA Premium energy efficiency motors, certified by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (

The amendment, which is nearly identical to an amendment the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee adopted last month, would incentivize the purchase of NEMA Premium motors by creating a federal rebate program. This amendment approves $350 million to provide $25 per horsepower rebate for NEMA Premium motors. The provision also provides a $5 per horsepower rebate for the proper disposal of the inefficient, non-NEMA Premium motors.

With the NEMA Premium motor rebate program now a part of both the House and Senate bills, “it looks very promising” that the provision will be included in final energy legislation expected later, said a NEMA spokesperson.   

“Representatives Tammy Baldwin and Mike Ross recognize the importance of making our country energy-efficient, while listening to the needs of their constituents,” said NEMA President and Chief Executive Officer Evan R. Gaddis. “Congresswomen Baldwin represents Wisconsin's Second Congressional District, and Congressman Mike Ross represents Arkansas' Fourth Congressional District. Both districts house America's major motor manufacturers, and these two representatives have identified their district's needs and have taken the necessary steps to address them.”

National Electrical Manufacturers Association

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