MRO Magazine

Institute endorses efficiency program for pump motors

Parsippany, NJ -- Oct. 24, 2002 -- The Hydraulic Institute (HI) has endorsed the Premium Efficiency Electric Motor...


October 24, 2002
By MRO Magazine


Parsippany, NJ — Oct. 24, 2002 — The Hydraulic Institute (HI) has endorsed the Premium Efficiency Electric Motor program, NEMA Premium, a designation that is given to electric motors that meet an industry-defined standard for premium efficiency.

NEMA Premium was established by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), whose members make over 80 per cent of the electric motors sold in the United States.

This premium-efficiency program will boost energy conservation. As Robert Asdal, executive director of HI, says, "Because pumps are used in virtually every industrial and commercial enterprise, the energy savings potential, particularly in cases where the pump is being run in process-type operations, is very significant. This approach also applies to the motors that drive those pumps."

According to NEMA, over 1.2 million integral horsepower electric motors are sold each year. Also, over 80 per cent of industrial, commercial and municipal pumps sold in North America are manufactured by HI members.


Research by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has found that pumping systems account for nearly 20 per cent of the world’s electrical energy demand. Based on DOE data, it is estimated that the NEMA Premium efficiency motor program could save over 5,800 gigawatt hours of electricity and prevent the release of nearly 80 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the next 10 years. That would be the equivalent of keeping 16 million cars off the road.

The 85-year-old Hydraulic Institute serves member companies and pump users by providing product standards and forums for the exchange of industry information, including pump standards, life cycle cost guidelines, pump education and other resources. Nearly 100 pump producers and leading suppliers to the industry are HI members.

The organization is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., with full information available at

A new section of the web site, under "pumps and energy," addresses the benefits of the NEMA Premium program and provides additional links for the benefit of users, specifying organizations and pump manufacturers.

NEMA is a trade association representing the interests of electro-industry manufacturers. Founded in 1926, its 400 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control and end-use of electricity.