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HRAI and AHRI submitted comments on June 27, 2018 to the Québec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources on behalf of our members. The comments were in response to a draft regulation to modify the existing regulation respecting the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fueled appliances, posted in the Gazette on May 16, 2018.  The draft regulation can be found using this link:
http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=13&file=1820-A.PDF.

Concerns expressed pertaining to the draft regulation took into account retaining only an Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (IEER) for large air-cooled air conditioners and heat pumps; retain only an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) for large water and evaporatively-cooled air conditioners and heat pumps; to support harmonization with DOE on COP values for large heat pumps; third-party testing for products without certification programs specifically water and evaporative-cooled products in addition to dedicated outdoor air systems (DX-DOAS); and support for the use of mathematical models (alternative efficiency determination methods /AEDM).

HRAI and AHRI have expressed similar concerns to NRCan pertaining to the draft regulation under Amendment 14 for many of these issues.

HRAI recently learned that the regulation was not adopted during the last cabinet meeting of August 15, 2018. The National Assembly has now been dissolved, with elections coming up on October 1, 2018. Therefore, there won’t be any regulation adoption until the formation of the next cabinet (mid-October). Staff from Transition énergétique Québec plan to brief the new Minister about the urgency to update the regulation as soon as the new appointment is announced.  HRAI and AHRI will keep members’ informed on future developments.

For more information contact Caroline Czajko at HRAI, e-mail cczajko@hrai.ca