Efficiency Harmonization Continues Between Canada and the U.S.

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 09:17 -- MrGreen

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations now include an amendment updating the efficiency standards of 20 current product categories. Amendment 13, published in late December 2016, becomes effective on June 28th of this year.

Canada's first Energy Efficiency Regulations came into effect in 1995. To stay current with the market, the regulations are amended periodically. Amendment 13 harmonizes current Canadian efficiency standards with existing or recently published U.S. efficiency standards for a number of residential, commercial/industrial, and lighting products.

Residential products affected include clothes washers and dryers, integrated washer-dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, central air conditioners and heat pumps, as well as gas-fired and oil-fired storage water heaters.

Commercial/industrial products affected include clothes washers, packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps, chillers, commercial refrigeration, refrigerated beverage vending machines, ice makers, and electric motors.

Lighting products affected include general service incandescent reflector lamps, general service fluorescent lamps, and fluorecent lamp ballasts. Additionally, the amendment repeals requirements for digital television adapters (low usage) and makes minor “harmonizing” updates to the scope, reporting, and compliance requirements for 8 currently regulated product groups.

In a related action, a notice regarding Amendment 14 to the efficiency regulations was recently released, asking stakeholder approval on a proposal to eliminate the usual 6 month delay time between official notification and effective date. Amendment 14 covers an additional 17 products and is expected to be published later this year.

For more information on Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations, click here. For more information on Amendment 13, click here. For information on Amendment 14 activity, click here.