March 29 - April 5, 2004

New rule sets higher energy efficiency standards for nine products

TORONTO, ONT-A new regulation under Ontario's Energy Efficiency Act will set stringent new energy efficiency standards for nine products. The standards will cover two new products: thermostats used with individual room electric space heaters, and industrial and commercial gas-fired package furnaces with inputs above 400,000 BTU per hour. The regulation will also set higher standards for seven products already covered by the Act. These include power transformers; incandescent reflector lamps; gas-fired automatic storage-type water heaters; household dishwashers; dusk-to-dawn luminaries; packaged chillers for commercial buildings; and household electric ranges. The result, said Energy Minister Dwight Duncan, will be increased energy conservation, better protection for the environment and savings for consumers. It is estimated that the regulation will yield more than $2 million in savings for commercial and residential energy users in the first year. The proposed compliance date for the two new products is January 1, 2005. Ontario's Energy Efficiency Act, passed in 1988, was the first legislation of its kind in Canada. It authorizes the government to set minimum efficiency standards and compliance dates for residential, commercial and industrial electrical products sold or leased in Ontario. The Act currently covers 54 products, with estimated energy cost savings of nearly $300 million since 1988. This, Duncan noted, is equivalent to a year's worth of power for the cities of London and Windsor combined.
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