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March 1, 2004
NEMA Premium Motor Program

The Motor and Generator Section of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) established the NEMA Premium program for several reasons. First, electric motors have a significant impact on the total energy operating cost for industrial, institutional and commercial buildings. Electric motors vary in terms of energy efficiency. The NEMA Premium program will help purchasers identify higher efficiency motors that will save them money and improve system reliability. NEMA Premium labeled electric motors will help users optimize motor systems efficiency in light of power supply and utility deregulation issues. And, NEMA Premium motors and optimized systems will reduce electrical consumption, thereby reducing pollution associated with electrical power generation.

Based on U.S. Department of Energy data, it is estimated that the NEMA Premium motor program would save 5,800 gigawatts of electricity and prevent the release of nearly 80 million metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere over the next ten years. This is equivalent to keeping 16 million cars off the road.

Only partnering manufacturers may use the NEMA Premium label. The NEMA Premium label may be used with those products that meet or exceed the NEMA Premium motor efficiency guidelines. The label makes it possible for purchasers to identify with ease and confidence those products that are premium efficient.

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