Motors & Motor Systems Initiative
CEE members transformed the market for motors by collectively adopting the strategies of the Premium Efficiency Motors and Motor Systems Initiatives. As the market has improved and efficient motors have become the norm, federal minimum standards have risen. Energy saving opportunities, once focused on general purpose induction motors, now spur innovative motor technologies, packaged motor products including electronic drives, and full motor systems.
The Motors and Motor Systems Committee evaluates opportunities for energy efficiency programs based on new regulations, evolving technologies, and changing market conditions. As program administrators and relevant industry partners identify binational strategies, the Committee develops new CEE Initiatives. This has resulted in a brand new Compressed Air Systems Initiative, an exploration of pumping systems market strategy, and the forthcoming development of a new motor and drive market strategy.
Just prior to 2016, the Motor and Motor Systems Committee identified its charter as enhancing program effectiveness and setting new market expectations for compressed air system audits. Leading industry stakeholders validated Committee observations, contributed market and technical rigor to draft compressed air system audit guidelines, and agreed to partner with CEE members to bring the benefits of compressed air system efficiency to market. This work strengthened industry partnerships for CEE, culminating in early 2017 with a successful proposal to the Board for a new CEE Compressed Air System Initiative.
In 2016 the new CEE Pumps Working Group began to explore opportunities for commercial and industrial pump programs. The working group developed a draft document for discussion with industry that included valuable input on a potential market strategy for pumps. The CEE Pumps Working Group will continue to explore a binational market strategy while supporting its members’ local efforts in 2017.
For the past 15 years, Motor Decisions Matter (MDM) has helped facility managers and motor users maximize energy and cost savings. MDM has provided tools and resources that support commercial and industrial motor planning decisions with information about better management of electric motors and motor driven systems. Having achieved its goal to elevate consideration of sound motor management, the campaign is successfully closing. Existing MDM tools and resources remain available on the CEE website.
How to Participate
CEE members are invited to join their peer organizations (listed below) to contribute insights and expertise as the CEE Motor Systems Initiative is revised and as new initiatives for pumps and other motor systems are developed.
Bonneville Power Administration
Energy Trust of Oregon
Focus on Energy — Wisconsin
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PSEG Long Island
Southern California Edison
Tennessee Valley Authority