Monday, September 28, 2015

DOE 2016 Transformer Efficiency Standards


Make a note! Effective January 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy will require Transformers to meet new efficiency standards. This federally mandated requirement will result in both increased pricing and physical dimensions. Therefore, any new or existing orders could be affected if transformers are not received on jobsites or storage facilities prior to January 1, 2016.

From the US Department of Energy Website:

Beginning in 2016, newly amended energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers will save up to $12.9 billion in total costs to consumers — ultimately saving families and businesses money while also reducing energy consumption. The new distribution transformer standards will also save 3.63 quadrillion British thermal units of energy for equipment sold over the 30-year period of 2016 to 2045.

The new amendments to the existing efficiency standards would further decrease electrical losses by about 8 percent for liquid-immersed transformers, 13 percent for medium-voltage dry-type transformers, and 18 percent for low-voltage dry-type transformers. In addition, about 264.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions will be avoided, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 51.75 million automobiles.