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Small Electric Motors May Get Conservation Criteria

WASHINGTON (CN) - National energy conservation standards for small electric motors generating one quarter to three horsepower, such as those found in pumps and fans, could result in significant energy savings, according to a proposal for such standards from the Department of Energy.

The DOE projects that the energy savings from increased efficiency would be equivalent to the total energy 7.8

million U.S. citizens use in 1 year, and that the reduced generation would result in cumulative greenhouse gas emission reductions of 124.8 million tons of carbon dioxide from 2015 to 2045, saving up to $2.7 trillion.

There currently are no conservation standards for small electric motors despite their ubiquitous presence in the cooling fans of consumer electronics and computers.

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