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Quebec moves to harmonize energy efficiency regs


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July 25, 2016

On July 13, 2016, the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources tabled a draft regulation to replace the existing Regulation respecting the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fuelled appliances. The draft regulation is published in the Gazette officielle du Québec for a period of 45 days, until August 27, 2016.

The Regulations are meant to “harmonize Quebec’s regulatory requirements with those of its main commercial partners,” with the goal to “lower interprovincial economic barriers, foster internal trade and produce major energy savings.” The draft regulations “are based on the regulatory requirements of Canada and Ontario.”

The new regulations cover seven categories, but of special interest to CIPH members will be the regulations related to domestic water heaters and boilers. The new Quebec energy performance requirements for water heaters and for boilers are now exactly the same as the current regulations in place in Ontario.

To consult the draft regulation, visit: http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=13&file=1628-A.PDF.

File from the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating.

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