Archive for July, 2010

Buy A New Motor or Repair the Old One? (Part 2)

July 22nd, 2010 No comments

How Best to Comply with EISA if You Need to Fix or Replace a Commercial Motor

By David Brender, Copper Development Association (CDA) National Program Manager

Any new motor manufactured or sold after December 10, 2010 must meet certain energy efficiency standards, as stated in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. David Brender, of the Copper Development Association, has some tips on how to comply with the new law.   

There are a number of reasons you’ll want to replace a motor, primarily because an existing motor has failed, or it may not have failed, but it’s inefficient. The electricity the motor uses is about 98 percent of the cost of owning the motor. The purchase price is almost insignificant. In fact, with load cycles typical of an industrial or commercial application, the first cost of a motor may represent only one or two percent of the full cost of ownership. Most people don’t consider that – they just want the cheapest one. But that’s not the way to look at it. Read more…

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If You Plan to Buy an Electric Motor in 2010 – Read This (Part 1)

July 12th, 2010 No comments

The U.S. Department of Energy has New Energy Efficiency Requirements for Commercial-Size Motors

By David Brender, Copper Development Association (CDA) National Program Manager

David Brender has provided power quality and energy efficiency expertise to the copper industry for the last 15 years through his work with the CDA. A licensed professional engineer in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, he is certified as a Power Quality Professional from the Association of Energy Engineers.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) goes into effect this year. The Act aims to slow down and eventually reduce America’s energy consumption. It’s important to understand EISA if you plan to purchase an electric motor this year. Under the law, motors of a commercial size become regulated as to energy efficiency. EISA expands on previous energy policy acts, expands the range of motors covered and the mandated efficiency of some of them. Read more…

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The Copper Club Annual Dinner (Part 2)

July 1st, 2010 No comments

Expanding Educational Opportunities

Andy Kireta, Sr. is President and CEO of the Copper Development Association.  He also serves on The Copper Club Board of Directors.

I’m privileged to be a part of The Copper Club’s effort to assist students as they pursue careers relating to the copper industry.  Since the club began awarding scholarships to college students in 1994, we’ve awarded 73 grants totaling $1.4 million.

The awards dinner this year, held on June 2nd, marked the first time that The Copper Club has included high school students as grant recipients.  Three deserving students each received a grant of $1,000.  This new development allows us to extend needed funds to students from anywhere, including high schools in towns with mining sites where the kids might not otherwise have the opportunity to go to college or technical schools.  This year, we gave out16 scholarships totaling $114,000.

Not bad for a not-for-profit.

Those interested in more information about The Copper Club educational grants should call 212-217-9874 or direct an email to  More information about The Copper Club can be found at

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