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Updates to ENERGY STAR technical specifications in Canada and the U.S.

August 1, 2019

(In development) Luminaires–Version 2.2 
The ENERGY STAR technical specification for luminaires is under review. Minor adjustments are proposed to support new market developments and provide clarification on two requirements. Current certifications will not be affected. 

Stakeholder feedback is requested by no later than August 5, 2019 to lighting@energystar.gov. Please indicate “ENERGY STAR Luminaires V2.2 Draft Specification Comments” in the email subject line. Comments received will be posted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR website unless otherwise requested.

(In development) Smart home energy management (SHEMS)–Version 1.0
The Final Draft of the Version 1.0 SHEMS technical specification and Partner Commitments and the Final Draft Method to Determine Field Performance have been released. It is anticipated that specification will be final by the end of August 2019.

Any final comments may be submitted to smarthomesystems@energystar.gov by August 12, 2019. All comments will be posted to the SHEMS product development web page, unless the submitter specifically requests otherwise. For more information, visit the SHEMS product development web page.

(Update) Dishwashers 
An update to the technical specification for dishwashers is planned for later in 2019. If you are not already a dishwasher contact for your organization and would like to receive communications related to dishwashers, please update your contact information in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s MESA.

(New) ENERGY STAR product categories for Appliances
Specification development efforts are planned in 2019 for the following new appliance products listed below:

  • Microwaves: In Q4 2019, a new product specification for microwave ovens is expected to be launched.
  • Miscellaneous refrigeration products: In Q3 2019, a new product specification for miscellaneous refrigeration products is anticipated to start. 
  • Portable air conditioners: In Q3 2019, a new product specification process for portable air conditioners is planned. 

If you are interested in receiving communications related to any of these products, please fill in this form or send an email to appliances@energystar.gov with your name and indicate which of the products are of interest.

https://www.rncan.gc.ca/efficacite-energetique/energy-star-canada/propos-denergy-star-canada/nouvelles-energy-star/12512

July 22, 2019

(In development) Computers–Version 8.0
The ENERGY STAR technical specification is under review. Draft 2 of the technical specification, test method and data analysis package have been released for review. 

A stakeholder webinar will be held on July 25, 2019 from 1-3pm EST. Please register here if you plan on attending. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to computers@energystar.gov by August 16, 2019. All comments will be posted to the computers product development website. For more information, visit the computers product development web page

July 9, 2019

(In development) Room Air Cleaners—Version 2.0
Connected functionality is being considered as an optional criteria to the technical specification for room air cleaners. 
In response to stakeholder comments on Draft 1 Version 2.0 room air cleaner specification, and prior to releasing Draft 2, a limited topic proposal has been released to provide an opportunity to comment specifically on a proposal to include optional connected criteria. 

Stakeholders are encouraged to share feedback on the relevance of these features, as well as thoughts on how air cleaners can support smart energy management services. Stakeholder feedback is also sought to determine the prevalence of Wi-Fi in current products and whether functions such as filter alerts and product management are being offered through a manufacturer’s app.
Proposed additions to the Version 2.0 specification can be reviewed here: Proposed Optional Connected Criteria. Stakeholders are asked to submit comments or concerns to roomaircleaners@energystar.gov by no later than
July 15, 2019.

For more information on the specification development of this product, visit the room air cleaners’ product development page

June 21, 2017

(In development) Smart home energy management systems (SHEMS)–Version 1.0
Draft 2 of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Version 1.0 Specification, the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Partner Commitments and the Draft 2 Method to Determine Field Performance have been released. A stakeholder webinar will be held on June 24 from 1:00-3:00 pm (EST) to address any questions on the Draft 2 specification and method. Please register here if you plan on attending. Stakeholder feedback on the structure/ approaches proposed in Draft 2 is requested by no later than July 11, 2019. Please send comments via email to smarthomesystems@energystar.gov. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR product development website, unless the submitter specifically requests otherwise. For more information, visit the SHEMS product development web page

(In development) Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)–Version 1.1
Stakeholder feedback is requested on the ENERGY STAR EVSE Version 1.1 Draft 2 Test Method. This draft includes proposals in response to stakeholder feedback on the Draft 1 Test Method that was released in November 2018. A webinar will be held June 25, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm (EST). Please register here to attend. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit written comments on the Draft 2 Test Method to evse@energystar.gov by July 8, 2019. For more information, visit the EVSE Version 1.1 product development web page
 
(Reminder) Computer (enterprise) servers–Version 3.0
The Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR specification for computer servers took effect on June 17, 2019. Only products certified to Version 3.0 will be displayed on the list of certified models. For more information, visit the computer servers’ product development web page

June 3, 2019

(Reminder) Dehumidifiers—Version 5.0
Version 5.0 of the ENERGY STAR technical specification for dehumidifiers takes effect on October 31, 2019.
As of June 3, 2019, CBs are required to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 4.0. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing dehumidifier certifications to the Version 4.0 specification until October 31,  2019. Products manufactured as of October 31, 2019, must be certified to Version 5.0. For more information, visit the dehumidifiers’ product development page.

May 30, 2019

(In development) Computers–Version 8.0
The ENERGY STAR technical specification for computers is under development. A stakeholder meeting will take place on June 18, 2019 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm EST in advance of the release of a Draft 2 specification, in Washington, DC. An updated dataset can be found on the computers product development page. If you are planning to participate in-person, RSVP computers@energystar.gov or here if you are planning on participating remotely. A finalized agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting. For more information, visit the computers product development page

(Reminder) Imaging Equipment–Version 3.0
Version 3.0 requirements will take effect on October 11, 2019. Stakeholders are reminded that EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are no longer able to certify new imaging equipment to the Version 2.0 specification and may only certify imaging equipment to the Version 3.0 specification. CBs may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing imaging equipment certifications to the Version 2.0 specification until October 10, 2019. After this date, only imaging equipment certified to the Version 3.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list. For more information, visit the imaging equipment product development page.

(Final) Displays–Version 8.0
The  ENERGY STAR Version 8.0 technical specification for displays has been finalized and will become effective on January 28, 2020. This specification establishes challenging overall efficiency levels for all products and includes new and updated allowances to recognize energy-efficient implementations of popular features such as High Dynamic Range, higher color gamut, wide viewing angles, and USB-C power delivery.

Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their CB certify eligible products to Version 8.0 requirements. As of September 16, 2019, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 7.1. For more information, visit the displays product development page.

Consumer caution!

May 21, 2019

The Government of Canada does not provide rebates

The Government of Canada does not provide rebates or incentives for energy products. If you see a website purporting to represent the Government of Canada and promising rebates, please contact the appropriate provincial or federal consumer protection authorities. Please let us know if they claim to represent ENERGY STAR Canada. Natural Resources Canada does have a searchable database to locate regional energy product rebates across the country.

Deceptive sales tactics

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Congratulations to the winner’s of the 2019 ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards!

May 16, 2019

The seventeen winners are program participants from across Canada representing utilities, manufacturers, retailers, associations, and homebuilders. A big thank you not only to the winners and the applicants, but to all of our 1,500+ participants who work on a daily basis to help Canadians save energy, save money and save our environment.

Gagnants des Prix ENERGY STAR Canada avec Ministre Jim Carr

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