November 2001

Refining Developments/Electrical

Reduce electrical energy costs

High-efficiency motors offer energy savings and longer life

Malinowski, J., Baldor Electric

Brownouts, rolling blackouts, electric utility rates up 35%-all of these things have happened in the past several months and will continue until energy consumers do something about it. Utilities cannot construct generating facilities as fast as consumption habits can be changed. Even in refineries where cogeneration is used for power, energy conservation is more important today than ever. According to a Department of Energy (DOE) report published in 1998, electric motor-driven industrial equipment consumes 63% of the energy used in U.S. industry. This may be reduced by as much as 18% if companies adopted proven efficiency technologies and practices. Much of the savings can co

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