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.
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.
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.
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.
Table 1 in Schedule 1 contains the mandatory minimum efficiency levels for 2, 4, 6 or 8 pole motors tested at 50 Hz or 60 Hz.
Table 2 in Schedule 1 contains the voluntary high efficiency levels for 2, 4, 6 or 8 pole motors tested at 50 Hz or 60 Hz.