Support for Development of Efficiency Policy for Induction Motors



CLASP is an international non-profit organization working to improve the environmental and energy performance of the appliances and related systems we use every day, and accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world. CLASP develops and shares transformative policy and market solutions to improve energy efficiency of appliances and equipment in collaboration with global experts and local stakeholders. Since 1999, CLASP has worked globally to pursue every aspect of appliance energy efficiency, from helping structure new policies to evaluating existing programs.

CLASP has long supported the development and implementation of appliance efficiency policies through standards and labelling (S&L) in India. CLASP’s primary focus has been providing technical support to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), nodal agency for the S&L program, including product-specific market studies, benchmarking of minimum energy performance standards, label design and implementation, test lab capacity development, and general program support.


The Government of India enacted the Energy Conservation Act 2001 (EC Act) in August 2001 and established BEE, a statutory body under Ministry of Power, Government of India to implement the EC Act in 2002. The Act identifies S&L as one of the major program areas for improving energy efficiency in the residential, commercial and industrial sector. BEE launched the S&L program in May 2006 and currently it covers 26 product categories of which 10 are under mandatory phase. BEE initiated the voluntary labeling program for three-phase squirrel cage induction motor in 2010.

An induction motor is an AC electric motor which converts electrical energy to mechanical energy and is used in wide range of applications in industrial, commercial, agricultural and residential sectors. The running cost of induction motors contributes significantly to the total energy consumption and noted to be as high as 90%. In India, the electric motor accounts for 70% of electricity used in industrial sector. There appears to be a significant potential for energy efficiency improvement and reduce the losses which can be as much as 35% in comparison with the current market scenario.

The single phase induction motors are mostly used in lower power applications such as in household electrical appliances and equipment and three phase induction motors are very common in large industry applications like cement, steel and iron, paper, textile, chemicals, fertilizer, aluminium, automobile and thermal power plant. The star rating is presently applicable for three phase induction motors for capacities of 0.37 -375 kW for continuous duty operation and efficiency class covered under the scope of revised version of Indian standard on three phase induction motors.

BEE plans to revise the existing labeling program of three phase induction motors in line with the latest version of Indian and/or International standard along with transition from current voluntary phase to mandatory phase. Additionally, BEE plans to expand the scope of the program to also bring single phase induction motors under the ambit of S&L program.

CLASP seeks to hire a consultant/organization to conduct a comprehensive market and technical assessment to revise the existing labeling program for three phase induction motors and development of new labeling program for single phase induction motors.

Scope of Work

The Consultant will be responsible for successfully executing the following activities and tasks as part of the study. Execution of all activities and tasks must be conducted in close consultation with BEE and CLASP.

Task 1: Comprehensive market assessment

  1. Assess the size of the national market for induction motors (number, phases, types, sizes and output ratings) including units manufactured and sold, import vs domestic manufacturing, organized vs unorganized share, market segment of major manufacturers, and main distribution channels/supply chain.

1.2. Develop a forecast for induction motor market growth in India. The forecast should be accompanied by an analysis of key drivers of market penetration.

1.3. Identify the barriers that exist to increased market penetration of efficient induction motor. This may include barriers related to manufacturing, technology, consumer issues (service, price, quality, etc.), and policy implementation.

Task 2: Development of test procedure

2.1. Identify and analyse Indian/ISO/IEC test standard for development of labeling program.

2.2 Review and compare international test standards such as ISO/IEC as well as labeling program used by countries and regions such as China, Korea, Japan, EU, US, Australia etc. Analysis must include the comparison of testing conditions, testing methods, calculation methods for efficiencies, uncertainty of measurements, tolerances etc.

2.3. Identify and provide assessment of existing test facilities in India and provide recommendations for addressing the gaps.

2.4 Facilitate lab testing, if required, and conduct detailed analysis of the lab test data to generate performance metric.

Task 3: Development of Energy Efficiency Metric and Labeling Scheme

3.1. Conduct a comparison of international labeling programs and energy efficiency metrics.

3.2. Design and develop an energy efficiency metric for single phase induction motors and propose revised energy efficiency metric for existing labeling program of three phase induction motors. The scheme should be developed in a template of schedule provided by the CLASP and address all the parameters in the respective clauses of the schedule template.

Task 4: National Impact Assessment and Technical Committee Meetings

4.1. Based on the final recommendations of labeling thresholds, conduct a national impact assessment of the labeling program. This should be quantified in terms of energy savings, avoided generation capacity and GHG emission reductions. The impact assessment should be done based on logical assumptions of market transformation for short term (2030) and long term (by 2050).

4.2. Assist CLASP and BEE in planning and deliberating at the technical committee meetings for induction motors. Prepare necessary documents (e.g. presentation, meeting agenda and minutes, labeling schedule, and gazette notification) as required.

Key milestones and deliverables of the study include:

  • Final comprehensive market and technical assessment report with key findings and recommendations.
  • Propose energy performance metric for single phase motors and revised metric for star labeling program of three phase induction motors.
  • Draft schedule and gazette notification as applicable.


The project is expected to commence in February 2021 and be concluded by March 2022.

Evaluation Procedure

A committee appointed by CLASP will evaluate proposals received from respondents. Selection of qualified companies or organizations will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Technical Evaluation Factors
  • Cost Evaluation Factors

All bids will be evaluated and ranked using Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS), with 80 percent of the score accorded to the technical proposal, and 20 percent to the financial proposal.


Interested parties must:

  1. Register as a CLASP Consulting Partner (click here to register, or visit
  2. Complete the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire using the online form

Note: Organizations that have already completed the PQQ do not need to complete it again

Interested parties should submit separate technical and financial proposals as electronic files (preferably in PDF format). The file should be named as per the following example:

  • [CONTRACTOR_NAME] _Technical Proposal_ RFP 2-21
  • [CONTRACTOR_NAME] _Financial Proposal_ RFP 2-21

The deadline for application is January 25, 2021. Proposals must be submitted via the form link above (also here). Proposals must be submitted online via the CLASP website, filling out all the requested information and attaching both a technical and financial proposal. The length of the proposal should not exceed 20 pages

The technical proposal should include:

  • Detailed approach and methodology for the design, implementation, and management of the project.
  • Detailed timeline for all project activities, tasks, milestones, and deliverables for the project within the time frame indicated above.
  • Background and experience of conducting similar activities especially on industrial products.
  • A summary of qualifications and experience of key personnel that will execute the project.

CVs and related summaries of experience and qualifications of proposed project team staff should be included in an Annex and should not exceed 10 pages.

The financial proposal (in USD) should include:

  • Detailed budget that includes all direct and indirect cost estimates for executing the project, including a breakdown (in days) of the level of effort and costs associated with each team member that will be engaged in the project.

All questions may be addressed to Mr. Kishore kumar at The last date for submission of questions related to this RFP is January 20, 2021. We request all inquiries be made by e-mail and not by phone.


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