On November 9, 2016, OHA granted an Application for Exception filed by Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc. (Siemens) in which the firm requested relief from the applicable provisions of DOE’s Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial and Industrial Electric Motors (Electric Motor Efficiency Standards), published on May 29, 2014, 79 Fed. Reg. 30934, and codified at 10 C.F.R. Part 431. Siemens is a leading manufacturer and service provider for medical imaging and in-vitro diagnostic products, e.g. magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines and computed tomography (CT) equipment, some of which utilize covered general purpose motors to operate.  Since Siemens imports many of these motors to install in new devices produced by the firm or to repair existing devices, the firm is deemed to be a “manufacturer” of such motors under the Electric Motor Efficiency Standards.  In evaluating Siemens’ exception request, OHA found that the firm and its customers (healthcare providers and their patients) would suffer a special hardship in the absence of exception relief.