Changes proposed to Ontario’s energy efficiency regulations

Interested parties are invited to submit their comments on proposed amendments to Ontario’s Energy and Water Efficiency Regulation (O Reg 509/18 under the Electricity Act, 1998) that would affect water heaters, furnaces and boilers.

The Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines is proposing to set or update test methods, scope and/or efficiency requirements for nine existing products and one new product.

The 10 affected product types are:
Commercial oil-fired storage water heaters (new product)
Commercial gas-fired storage water heaters
Residential gas-fired instantaneous water heaters
Commercial gas-fired instantaneous water heaters
Residential gas-fired furnaces
Residential gas-fired boilers
Commercial gas-fired boilers
Commercial oil-fired boilers
Gas fireplaces
Residential windows

The 59-day review period will end on January 17, 2020.

The provincial government says the proposed changes would result in increasing the MEPS for each of the products, reducing energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It estimates the savings would amount to approximately 5.7 megatons of GHG emissions and 116 petajoules of energy.

You can view the ministry’s full notice here and the draft technical sheet here.