Published on November 15, 2006, Amendment 9 to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations increased the stringency of existing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for two products and introduced new MEPS and associated reporting and compliance requirements for three products. The stringency of MEPS was tightened for the following products:
• Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps under 19kW (65,000 Btu/h) (effective January 23 2006 and 2010): cooling functions must meet a minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) ranging from 10.9 to 13 depending on system type; heating functions must meet a minimum Heating Season Performance Factor – Region V (HSPF V) ranging from 5.9 to 6.7 depending on system type. • Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (effective September 1 2005): must meet updated Minimum Energy Efficiency Ratios depending on equipment type. New MEPS were introduced for the following products: • Residential Refrigerators/Freezers (effective November 15 2006): the maximum annual energy consumption limit for Type 5A automatic defrost refrigerator-freezer, with bottom mounted freezer and through-the-door-ice service is 0.18AV + 539.0; and the maximum annual energy consumption limit for Type 10A automatic defrost chest freezers is 0.52AV + 211.5. • Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines (effective June 1 2006 and January 2007 and 2008): shall not exceed the maximum daily energy consumption of 55% (8.66 + 0.009C) kWh for Solid/Opaque-Door Beverage Vending Machines and Multi-Package Vending Machines after June 1 2006 and also for Snack and Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines after January 1 2007 and 45% (8.66 + 0.009C) kWh for Solid/Opaque-Door Beverage Vending Machines after January 1 2008. • Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts (effective July 1 2006 and April 1 2010): must meet a ballast efficacy factor ranging from 0.38 to 2.61 depending on the application, type of lamp and basic input voltage. Other product related changes brought by Amendment 9 include: • Exit signs: repeals the effective date for internally lighted exit signs. This change will broaden the coverage of the requirement to include all exit signs regardless of the date of manufacture. • Dry-type transformers: repeals the tap range exemption for dry-type transformers.