Proposal to amend O. Reg. 509/18 under the Electricity Act, 1998 (“Efficiency Regulation”)

ERO number
019-2725
Notice type
Regulation
Posted by
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
Notice stage
Proposal
Proposal posted
Comment period
November 16, 2020 - December 31, 2020 (45 days) Open
Last updated

There is no requirement to post this notice on the Environmental Registry of Ontario, but we want to hear your thoughts. Submit a comment and tell us what you think. Learn about the consultation process and types of notices on the registry.

This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
December 31, 2020

Proposal summary

We want to further harmonize our efficiency standards with those of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) so we are proposing to add five new products to Ontario’s product and appliance energy efficiency regulation, and to modify existing requirements for televisions to harmonize with NRCan.

Why consultation isn't required

The Electricity Act, 1998 is not prescribed under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 . The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) has determined that publishing this proposal on the Environmental Registry of Ontario would be in the best public interest.

Proposal details

Description

The proposed amendments, if approved, would set or update test methods, scope and/or efficiency requirements for six products in the manner outlined below:

Environmental Impact

The proposed changes would introduce minimum efficiency requirements for five new products to Ontario’s regulation, thereby reducing energy use, water use, and GHG emissions in the province. They would also remove a requirement for on-mode energy consumption of televisions, harmonizing requirements for televisions with NRCan, British Columbia and Quebec. The energy/environmental impact of this change is expected to be minimal as almost all televisions offered for sale in Ontario are already compliant with these requirements.

  1. Set method, scope and efficiency requirements for five new products, using rolling incorporation, to harmonize with the corresponding requirements under the DOE regulation.
     
    1. Commercial oil-fired furnaces: Set and harmonize scope, test method and efficiency requirements with DOE requirements for this product that will come into force on January 1, 2023. Ontario’s proposed compliance date would be January 10, 2025.
    2. Commercial air compressors: Set and harmonize scope, test method and efficiency requirements with DOE requirements for this product that will come into force on January 10, 2025. Ontario’s proposed compliance date would be January 10, 2025.
    3. Commercial pre-rinse spray valves: Set and harmonize scope, test method and efficiency requirements with DOE and NRCan requirements for this product that are already in effect. Ontario’s proposed compliance date would be July 1, 2021.
    4. Portable air conditioners: Set and harmonize scope, test method and efficiency requirements with DOE requirements for this product that will come into force on January 10, 2025. Ontario’s proposed compliance date would be January 10, 2025.
    5. Uninterruptible power supplies: Set and harmonize scope, test method and efficiency requirements with DOE requirements for this product that will come into force on July 1, 2022. Ontario’s proposed compliance date would be January 10, 2025.

  2. Update requirements for one existing product, televisions, to fully harmonize with NRCan:

    1. Harmonize efficiency requirements for televisions by keeping stand-by requirements and removing on-mode requirements.

  3. Make changes to the regulation of a housekeeping nature. These changes could clarify the scope and/or requirements for some products, or update references to include the most relevant or most recent editions of test standards for products with no changes to the existing efficiency requirements

Supporting materials

View materials in person

Important notice: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, viewing supporting materials in person is not available at this time.

Please reach out to the Contact listed in this notice to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

Comment

Let us know what you think of our proposal.

Have questions? Get in touch with the contact person below. Please include the ERO number for this notice in your email or letter to the contact.

Read our commenting and privacy policies.

Submit online

Submit by mail

Contact

Andrew Howse

Phone number
Office
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Conservation and Renewable Energy Division
Address

77 Grenville St.
5th Floor
Toronto, ON
M7A 2C1
Canada

Connect with us

Contact

Andrew Howse

Phone number
Office
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Conservation and Renewable Energy Division
Address

77 Grenville St.
5th Floor
Toronto, ON
M7A 2C1
Canada

Sign up for notifications

We will send you email notifications with any updates related to this consultation. You can change your notification preferences anytime by visiting settings in your profile page.

Follow this notice