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On this page, find out about the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) that apply to some motor types, the regulatory requirements for electric motors and FAQs.

Overview

Electric motors are used in a wide range of applications, from large industrial equipment such as in mining operations, down to small household appliances like hair dryers.

The majority of electric motors draw less than 0.75 kW of power and are used in the residential and commercial sectors, for example inside refrigerators and computer hard drives. They account for only a small proportion of all electric motor power consumption.

The largest proportion of motor electricity consumption is attributable to mid-size motors with output power of 0.75 – 375 kW. These motors are predominantly used in industrial applications such as power pumps, compressors and fans.

Is your product regulated?

Find out which GEMS determination or regulatory standard applies to your product.

All products covered by energy efficiency regulations must meet certain requirements before they can be supplied or sold in Australia or New Zealand.

Depending on the product, this may include Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), energy rating label requirements or both. There are specific requirements relevant to Australia and New Zealand.

At a glance...

 

MEPS

Energy Rating Label

Australia

New Zealand

Electric motors (three phase)

Yes

Other*

GEMS Determination

Requirements

* Whilst no Energy Rating Label is required, GEMS labelling requirements do apply. For more information see Part 4 of the Determination.

Regulatory requirements for electric motors

Three phase electric motors are subject to MEPS requirements in Australia and New Zealand.

What electric motors are covered?

MEPS ensure that a minimum level of energy efficiency is achieved for three phase cage induction motors with output power from 0.73 kW up to, but not including, 185 kW, with rated voltages up to 1100 V, alternating current (AC).

Efficiency Level Tables

The MEPS requirements are set out as minimum efficiency levels.

Refer to Schedule 2 of the Determination for the specific efficiency levels for electric motors.

Table 2 in Schedule 2 contains the mandatory minimum efficiency levels for 2, 4, 6 or 8 pole motors tested at 50 Hz or 60 Hz.

Table 3 in Schedule 2 contains the voluntary high efficiency levels for 2, 4, 6 or 8 pole motors tested at 50 Hz or 60 Hz.

Table 2 and Table 3 are best viewed in the PDF version of the Determination

FAQ for Suppliers

Which motors need to be registered for MEPS?

All three phase cage induction motors that fall under the scope of the Determination must be registered before they can be legally sold in Australia.

Information about the regulatory requirements and registration is available here.

Do MEPS apply to single-phase motors?

In regards to mandatory MEPS, there are no regulations currently in place for single phase motors. However, there may be other state or federal laws (for example, electrical safety laws) that may apply to single phase motors.

You may wish to contact the electrical safety department in your state or territory for further information.

Do MEPS apply if the electric motor is incorporated into equipment or machinery?

Generally, three phase cage induction motors that are incorporated into machines need to meet Australia’s and New Zealand’s regulatory requirements and must be registered before they can be offered for supply.

However, where motors are integrated into machines and cannot be removed for testing, they are not required to be registered. The Determination states that: “a motor that (i) shares common components, apart from connectors such as bolts, with the driven unit; and (ii) cannot operate as a motor if separated from the driven unit, even if a temporary end shield or a drive-end bearing is fitted” is exempt from registration. For example, a motor constructed on the same shaft as a compressor for an air-conditioning unit may not be required to be registered.

What changes did the 2018 Determination introduce?

The 2018 Determination introduced the following changes:

  • Clarification to the product class that requirements apply only to 2, 4, 6 or 8 pole motors;
  • A single test method – Method 2-1-1B – and a single test standard: IEC 60034-2-1;
  • Inclusion of energy performance requirements within the 2018 Determination itself;
  • Alignment of MEPS with IE2 levels;
  • Alignment of high efficiency levels with IE3 levels;
  • A family of models arrangement for electric motors.

More information concerning changes introduced by the 2018 Determination can be accessed here.

What changes does the replacement 2019 Determination introduce?

The replacement 2019 Determination reinstates a provision that allows suppliers to register motors using test results in accordance with Method B of the US test standards IEEE 112:2004 and IEEE 112:2017.

What is a family of models?

A family of models refers to several models from the same product class that all share particular characteristics as defined by the product’s Determination. This allows the models to be registered under a single registration in the registration system.

The 2018 Determination introduced a family of models arrangement for electric motors.

To qualify for this arrangement, each model must:

  • Have the same brand; and
  • Have the same frame size; and
  • Have the same number of poles; and
  • Have the same duty type; and
  • Have the same rated output power; and
  • Rely on a single test report.

A family registration can contain no more than 10 models.

Can a fee concession be used with the replacement 2019 Determination?

No. The fee concession that existed for the old 2012 Determination was replaced by the family of models arrangement introduced by the 2018 Determination. There is also no fee concession arrangement for the replacement 2019 Determination.

What happened to motors already registered under the current 2012 Determination?

All motors registered under the 2012 Determination were revalidated against the requirements of the 2018 Determination to ensure compliance with the new MEPS levels that were introduced by the 2018 Determination. Any registered models that failed to meet the new MEPS levels became ‘superseded’. Consequently, no further imports of these models can occur but Australian stock can be supplied until it is exhausted.

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