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Input Sought on Possible Standards for Pool Pump Motors

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input by 26 October on a petition submitted by a variety of entities requesting the adoption of mandatory energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pump motors. The petitioners are requesting that (i) DPPP motors be prohibited from operating with a capacitor start induction run or split phase configuration at maximum operating speed, (ii) DPPP motors with total horsepower of at least 1.15 be required to meet the definition of variable-speed control DPPP motor, and (iii) DPPP motors with freeze protection controls be subject to the same requirements as dedicated-purpose pool pumps with such controls.

The petitioners argue that without a complementary standard for DPPP motors consumers will continue to be sold inefficient and wasteful products when replacing a pool pump motor. They also note that while most pool pumps are manufactured in the United States, most of the motors for pool pumps are made in mainland China. The DOE is interested in comments on whether to proceed with the proposal as well as any data or information that could be used in its determination.

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