14 November 2018

On 14 November 2018, the replacement Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Three Phase Cage Induction Motors) Determination 2018 was published. There is a six month transition period until 14 May 2019 when motors suppliers can register their products either in accordance with the current 2012 Determination or the replacement 2018 Determination. From 14 May 2019, suppliers will only be permitted to register motors in accordance with the 2018 Determination.

The principal change in the 2018 Determination relates to the specified test method. The current requirement allowing suppliers to test motors to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 60034‑2‑1 Ed 2.0 test standard remains. However, the options for suppliers to test motors using other methods including either Method A or Method B specified in the 2012 Determination have been removed. The other changes include:

1. Provision of a ‘family of models’ facility that enables up to 10 models to be included within a single family registration. To qualify, each model in the family must:

a) be of the same brand; and

b) have the same frame size; and

c) have the same characteristics for each of the following:

i.number of poles;

ii.duty type;

iii.rated output power; and

d) rely on a single test report that was prepared prior to the application for registration.

This provision will replace the current interim fee concession for all models registering to the 2018 Determination. The fee for a family registration will be the same as a single registration, which is $670.  Suppliers can minimise registration costs by using the family of models facility where applicable.

2. There are some relatively small changes to the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) levels applicable in Australia and also the high efficiency levels. This will align Australia’s MEPS levels with IE2 levels and our high efficiency levels with IE3 levels. The 2018 Determination contains tables specifying MEPS and high efficiency levels.

3. A new test procedure for totally enclosed air over motors has been included.

4. Efficiency tables for 60 Hz motors have been included. These motors are covered by the 2012 Determination but are currently being assessed against 50 Hz efficiency levels.

When the 2018 Determination comes into force, all motors registered under the 2012 Determination will be revalidated against the requirements of the 2018 Determination to ensure compliance with the new MEPS levels. If any registered models fail to meet the new MEPS levels, their registration status will become ‘superseded’. Consequently, no further imports of these models can occur but Australian stock can be supplied until it is exhausted.

To avoid any potential future inconvenience, suppliers may now wish to register motors in accordance with the provisions of the 2018 Determination and provide a test report to the IEC 60034-2-1 test standard. This will ensure that any new registrations will not be affected when the 2018 Determination comes into force. The 2018 Determination can be accessed here.

Watch our handy video on our GEMS Regulator YouTube channel for a brief walkthrough of all the changes in the 2018 Determination and the implementation arrangements, and subscribe to the channel for future videos relating to registration of electric motors.