JANUARY 1, 2016: NEW ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS REQUIRED FOR DISTRIBUTION TRANSFORMERS
Many people are familiar with popular items such as: LED light bulbs, ENERGY STAR appliances and equipment to reduce energy costs, but distribution transformers are a much less talked about energy saving product. Much of the energy that that we consume daily is wasted through heat loss and the use of technologies that are less efficient to run. The operation of inefficient equipment causes individuals and companies to waste significant money every day. In recent years, companies have worked to develop products that are more efficient to help people save money.
In an effort to reduce energy consumption further, the Department of Energy (DOE) has mandated that beginning January 1, 2016, many common distribution transformers will be required to meet new efficiency standards. The Department of Energy is estimating that the new efficiency standards will reduce equipment operating costs in the United States by $581M - $983M per year.
The following transformers are included as part of DOE 2016:
- Input voltage of 34.5 kV or less
- Output voltage of 600 Volts or less
- Operating frequency of 60 Hz
- Capacity range for dry-type transformers: 15kVA – 2500kVA
These commonly used transformers are exempt from DOE 2016 (partial list):
- Industrial Control Transformers (Machine Tool)
- Grounding Transformers
- Non-ventilated Transformers
- Drive Isolation Transformers
As a result of this new legislation, you will realize a lower environmental impact and cost savings resulting from decreased energy use. SolaHD has a long history of manufacturing low voltage general purpose distribution transformers, and they support this policy change. They are positioned to support the product migration to the new DOE 2016 higher efficiency designs, and you will start to see these products towards the end of 2015 and into 2016. For more information from SolaHD on their products that meet the new DOE2016 standard, please download their 2016 Product Guide.