NEMA Announces Premium Efficiency Program for Low-Voltage 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%, 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.
For more information about the NEMA Premium Efficiency Transformer Program, visit NEMAPremiumEfficiencyTransformers or contact one of the manufacturers noted above.