Motors & Motor Systems Initiative


Working through the Premium Efficiency Motors and Motor Systems Initiatives, CEE members helped achieve market transformation for motors. New regulations, technologies, and markets are driving members to identify and assess new and more complex program opportunities in motor systems, such as packaged motor products, advanced motor technologies, and holistic motor-drive system optimization. Motor-driven systems offer program energy savings opportunities for pumps, fans, and compressed air. The DOE 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review states that overall machine-driven system losses total 1,470 TBtu annually. The subset of these systems used in industry account for 68% of manufacturing electricity consumption. By focusing on system improvements, in particular, motor sizing and drive application, energy losses can be minimized.


Responding to a need for rigorous consistency, the CEE Motors and Motor Systems Committee completed Program Priorities for Compressed Air Audits: Core Elements for Energy Efficiency, a draft set of program guidelines for compressed air system audits. These guidelines establish a minimum set of audit practices that meet program needs and communicate those needs to the marketplace.

To help inform CEE member program outreach and engagement efforts, CEE hired marketing firm, Brand Cool, to conduct market research and recommend strategies to reach high opportunity verticals. The resulting market research focuses on the motivations of industrial decision makers; provides targeted and accessible solutions, tools, and resources; encourages customer participation in CEE member efficiency programs; and establishes a forum for long-term industry advancement to exchange lessons learned.

With contributors BC Hydro, PG&E, and SMUD, CEE presented at the 2015 ACEEE Industrial Energy Efficiency Summer Study on advanced motor technologies.

DOE points out that motor-drive systems offer more potential for energy savings than motors alone. Adopting variable-speed drives and design improvements such as matching motor power to the application, accounting for normal demand versus peak, and harmonizing AC power with DC to reduce conversion losses offer significant savings potential.

Data Source:
DOE Quadrennial Technology Review, “Chapter 6: Innovating Clean Energy Technologies in Advanced Manufacturing,” September 2015, p. 190, accessed December 2015.

Member programs support a variety of motor-driven system measures. Most address compressed air systems and variable frequency drives. Out of 86 member organizations surveyed, the highest number of member programs was focused on these two technologies plus general purpose motors. New Federal standards and new technologies should result in more measures covering systems and packaged drive-side products.

Data Source:
CEE 2015 “Summary of Member Programs for Motors and Motor Systems,” September 11, 2015, accessed December, 2015.

How to Participate

CEE members are invited to join their peer organizations, listed below, to contribute insights and expertise as the CEE Motor Systems Initiative revision is developed.


Austin Energy

Avista Utilities

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

BC Hydro

Black Hills Energy

Bonneville Power Administration

Cape Light Compact

City of Palo Alto Utilities

City Utilities of Springfield—Missouri

Commonwealth Edison Company

Connecticut Natural Gas

Consolidated Edison Company

Consumers Energy

DC Sustainable Energy Utility

DTE Energy

Duke Energy

Efficiency Maine

Efficiency NB

Efficiency Nova Scotia

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon—Oregon

Eugene Water & Electric Board


Focus on Energy—Wisconsin


Gulf Power

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program


Idaho Power—Idaho

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

MidAmerican Energy

Montana-Dakota Utilities—Montana

National Grid

Nebraska Public Power District

New Hampshire Electric Co-Op

Newfoundland Power

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

NV Energy

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Omaha Public Power District


Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Platte River Power Authority


Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)—Maryland

PPL Electric Utilities

Puget Sound Energy

Rocky Mountain Power—Utah

Salt River Project

Sask Power

Seattle City Light

Snohomish County PUD

Southern California Edison

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Tacoma Power

Tennessee Valley Authority

United Illuminating

Xcel Energy