Impact of DOE 2016 Regulations on Transformer Designs

March 28, 2016 by Jeff Shepard

SolaHD announced its support of the new Department of Energy efficiency level requirements for three-phase distribution transformers that went into effect January 1, 2016. Commonly referred to as DOE 2016, these mandatory changes will result in a lower impact on the environment and cost savings in the form of reduced energy bills. According to the DOE, the newly amended energy efficiency legislation will save up to $12.9 billion in total costs to consumers - ultimately saving families and businesses money while also reducing energy consumption.

The new distribution transformer legislation will also save 3.63 quadrillion British thermal units of energy for equipment sold over the 30-year period of 2016 to 2045.In addition, about 264.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions will be avoided, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 51.75 million automobiles.

These legislative changes only impacted SolaHD Hevi-Dutyâ„¢ three-phase general-purpose distribution transformers. SolaHD Hevi-Dutyâ„¢ single-phase transformers already comply.

SolaHD has the tools and knowledge to help its customers fully understand these new requirements and to select the correct energy efficient transformer. It has published several useful and free guides including "Understanding the Impact" and the "Hevi-Duty Energy Efficient Transformers Product Guide" detailing DOE 2016