National Electricity Conservation Program (PROCEL)
Policy measure

The Brazilian government established the National Electricity Conservation Program (PROCEL) in 1985, which among other things has sponsored a number of projects in the motor systems area. (Geller et al., 1997a)


The measures undertaken by PROCEL include "studies of the level of inefficient practices such as oversizing; demonstrations of adjustable speed drives in applications with a high degree of part load operation; development of higher efficiency motors; adoption of standardized motor efficiency testing and labeling; and development of data bases and software, and guides to help businesses and industries increase motor system efficiency. Efficiency labeling began for 1-200 HP induction motors in 1996. Also, the PROCEL “seal of approval” was given to the most efficient standard motors sold starting in 1995, leading to some efficiency improvements in new motors in 1996" (Geller et al., 1997a).

No identified challenges.

"It is estimated that motor efficiency improvements stimulated by PROCEL in recent years resulted in savings of about 170 GWh per year as of 1996" (Geller et al., 1997b).

"Brazil's PROCEL, the national electricity conservation program, developed demand-side management projects saving 250 MW in electricity and US$500 million in power plant development costs". (USEA, 1999)

"The savings are limited in part because PROCEL's most influential efforts in this area are relatively recent, and in part because the market share for high efficiency motors is still very low in Brazil. More needs to be done to encourage energy savings in this important end use."(Geller et al., 1997a)


Geller, H., de Martino Jannuzzi, Schaeffer, R. and Tolmasquim, M.T., 1997a. The Efficient Use of Electricity in Brazil: Progress and Opportunities. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: Washington, DC. 

Geller, H., Abreu, R. M., Lima, C. E., Lima, M. and Pimentel, G., 1997b. Evaluation of the energy savings due to Brazil's National Electricity Conservation Program (PROCEL). In Proceedings of the 1997 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Chicago, IL.

USEA (US Energy Association)/USAID (US Agency for International Development), 1999. USEA/USAID Handbook of Climate Change Mitigation Options for Developing Country Utilities and Regulatory Agencies. USEA: Washington, DC. Available at: