Proposal to amend Ontario’s Energy and Water Efficiency Regulation under the Electricity Act, 1998

ERO number
013-4675
Notice type
Regulation
Posted by
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
Notice stage
Proposal
Proposal posted
Comment period
February 5, 2019 - March 22, 2019 (45 days) Closed

This consultation was open from:

February 5, 2019
to March 22, 2019

Proposal summary

The proposed changes, if passed, would help reduce red tape while providing consumers with access to a broader range of efficient products in Ontario. They would support alignment of Ontario’s requirements with those of the Canadian federal government (NRCan) or U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and would reduce market barriers for 8K televisions.

Proposal details

The proposed amendments would further align requirements and efficiency metrics for certain products with and/or US DOE. The proposed amendments would:

A) Update scope or labelling requirements for four (4) existing products as follows:

  1. Televisions: Amend regulation to exclude ultra-high definition (UHD) 8K televisions from television on-mode requirements.
  2. Battery chargers: Amend regulation to allow for a prescribed label (e.g. verification mark) to be placed on either the product or the product’s packaging aligning with NRCan’s energy efficiency labelling requirements for this product.
  3. External power supplies: Amend regulation to allow for a prescribed label (e.g. verification mark) to be placed on either the product or the product’s packaging aligning with NRCan’s energy efficiency labelling requirements for this product.
  4. Dry-type transformers: Amend regulation to specifically exempt medium voltage dry-type distribution transformers used in mining applications from energy efficiency requirements, aligning with U.S. DOE’s; 10 Code of Federal Regulations (DOE Regulation). In addition, update the testing standard to reference the most recent edition of CSA C802.2-18 Test method and minimum efficiency values for dry-type transformers, with no change to efficiency requirements.

B) Allow for alternative efficiency metrics for four (4) existing products.

  1. Residential gas-fired storage water heaters: Amend regulation to allow the use of the Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) metric and test method, harmonizing with NRCan as published in Canada Gazette Part II on October 31, 2018, as an alternative to the existing Energy Factor (EF) metric and test method.
  2. Residential oil-fired storage water heaters: Amend regulation to harmonize with NRCan’s existing efficiency requirements and allow the use of the Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) metric and test method as an alternative to the existing Energy Factor (EF) test method, harmonizing with NRCan as published in Canada Gazette Part II on October 31, 2018.
  3. Residential electric instantaneous water heaters: Amend regulation to allow the use of the Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) metric and test method outlined in the U.S. DOE’s 10 Code of Federal Regulations (DOE Regulation) as an alternative to the existing Energy Factor (EF) metric and test method.
  4. Furnace fans: Allow for a prescriptive requirement (brushless permanent magnet motor) as an alternative to meeting fan energy rating (FER) values. This approach is aligned with NRCan’s federal regulatory proposal for gas, oil-fired and electric furnaces published on the NRCan website on December 6, 2018, see link below.

C) Make other editorial changes to the regulation, such as certain formatting changes, updating references to testing standards, where required, and further clarifying product scope or requirements, where needed.

 

The purpose of the proposed amendment would be to:

  1. Facilitate greater access to trade for the electronics and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sectors.
  2. Enhance alignment with NRCan and/or the U.S. DOE to provide flexibility to industry and reduce red tape. 

The proposed amendment, if passed, would continue to meet stakeholder requests and needs, reduce red tape and facilitate consumer access to a more diverse range of efficient products in Ontario.

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Comment

Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from February 5, 2019
to March 22, 2019

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