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The member companies of the NEMA Motor and Generator Section established a NEMA Premium® energy efficiency motors program to provide highly energy efficient products that meet the needs and applications of users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) based on a consensus definition of "premium efficiency" and use of  the NEMA Premium® logo for premium products.  

NEMA Premium® labeled electric motors will assist purchasers to optimize motor systems efficiency, reduce electrical power consumption and costs, and improve system reliability. It is estimated that the NEMA Premium® efficiency motor program would save 5,800 gigawatts of electricity. This translates to preventing nearly 80 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the next 10 years -- equivalent to keeping 16 million cars off the road. 

To learn more about the program, the specifications, and how to participate, please see the following documents, or contact William Hoyt, NEMA industry director.  

Program Information

  •   (127k)  Product scope and nominal efficiency levels for the NEMA Premium program. 

Participating Manufacturers & Compliant Motors Listing

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    Provides a contact list of participating manufacturers and a matrix of compliant motors.
Note. This list is updated regularly.  Register today for e-mail updates on the NEMA Premium® program and compliant products listing. 

This information will only be available on NEMA's website or via these e-mail updates. 

Announcements & Press Releases

  • "Introduction to Premium Efficiency Motors" - by the Copper Development Association

  • NEMA Premium Motor Results Show Increase in Sales - 04 Nov 2004

  • NEMA Releases Specification on NEMA Premium Motors - 16 Jun 2003
    NEMA issued the publication General Specification for Consultants -- Industrial and Municipal: NEMA Premium Efficiency Electric Motors (600 Volts or Less)  which is intended to outline the minimum requirements for three-phase AC induction motors applied to municipal and industrial/commercial applications for operation on voltages 600 volts or less, rated 500 horsepower or less, operating more than 2000 hours per year at greater than 75 percent full-load.  This is the first specification developed to assist users and system designers in specifying the use of NEMA Premium electric motors.

  • Hydraulic Institute Endorses NEMA Premium (94k) - 30 Sep 2002

  • The Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has issued product procurement recommendations for federal agencies to specify premium motors based on the NEMA Premium efficiency specifications.  For more information, visit the FEMP website
  • The NEMA Premium program is a key component of Motor Decisions Matter, a national campaign to encourage the use of sound motor management and planning as a tool to cut energy costs and increase productivity.   For more information, go to 

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