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NEMA Announces Premium Efficiency Program for Transformers

June 9, 2010 — The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced the NEMA Premium Efficiency Transformer Program, which will help utilities, commercial buildings, and industrial plants incorporate super high-efficiency electrical transformers into their operations.

NEMA originally set the standard for the efficiency of various types of distribution transformers with the publication of NEMA TP 1-2002 Guide for Determining Energy Efficiency for Distribution Transformers, which was later adopted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the national energy-efficiency rule for low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers. The new NEMA Premium Efficiency Transformer designation requires 30 percent fewer losses than existing DOE regulations (10 CFR 431) for low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers.

“The new transformers, built to NEMA premium standards, have the potential to eliminate the need for a new coal power plant over the next five years. Actual efficiencies for these new premium transformers range from 98 percent to more than 99 percent, depending on the size of the transformer,” said John Caskey NEMA industry director.

The transformers covered under the new program are typically used in commercial and industrial applications. However, some electric utilities are considering the NEMA program for their commercial and industrial energy-efficiency rebate programs. The adoption of this program will not only reduce energy consumption, but will also significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

To date, seven major manufacturers have committed to providing NEMA Premium Efficiency Transformers to the marketplace. They include Eaton Electrical, Federal Pacific, GE Energy Industrial Solutions, Hammond Power Solutions, ONYX Power, Schneider Electric, and Siemens Industry, all NEMA members.

“The NEMA Premium mark has long been associated with highly efficient electric motors. Today’s announcement extends that recognition to distribution transformers, and demonstrates NEMA manufacturers’ leadership in energy efficiency,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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