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DOE Issues a Notice of Petition and Request for Public Comment pertaining to Test Procedures for Electric Motors and Small Electric Motors

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing receipt of petitions requesting that DOE incorporate the IEC 60034-2-1:2014 (2014) test methods 2-1-1A and 2-1-1B as alternative test methods in addition to the existing test methods referenced in its regulations for determining the energy efficiency of certain electric motors and small electric motors.

  • DOE requests and will accept comments, data, and information concerning the petitions until 60 days after the notice publishes in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail when the notice publishes to announce the closing date of the comment period.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0047, by Email (, postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The petitions and accompanying supporting documentation were submitted to DOE by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and UL LLC (UL). NEMA’s petition is available at and UL’s   NEMA found IEC 60034-2-1:2014 Method 2-1-1B to be equivalent to IEEE 112-2004 Method B (subpart B of 10 CFR 431) and CSA C390-10 (subpart B of 10 CFR 431). UL testing found IEC 60034-2-1:2004 Method 2-1-1B results to be in close agreement with those of CSA C390-10, and noted that the respective methodologies of IEC 60034-2-1:2014 Method 2-1-1A and CSA C747 were also in accord. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning NEMA’s and UL’s petitions.
  • DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this notice).
  • Find product information for Electric Motors and Small Electric Motors including current standards and test procedures; statutory authority; waivers, exceptions and contact information. The docket for this rulemaking is EERE-2017-BT-TP-0047.

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