Summer 2016


ENERGY STAR® News/Nouvelles

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Message from ENERGY STAR Canada

What everyone should know about ENERGY STAR Canada

The ENERGY STAR program is universally recognized. I am absolutely sure that even residents outside the Milky Way know what our “little blue star” means. On our own planet, Canada is one of several international governments administering the program in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; but did you know we are the one most aligned with the ‘mother ship’? 

That’s right! ENERGY STAR Canada already administers ENERGY STAR initiatives for products, new homes and building benchmarking using Portfolio Manager®. We have now signed a commitment to align all other ENERGY STAR program aspects too, starting this year with a partnership program for commercial and institutional organizations.   

What does this mean for you as an ENERGY STAR Participant?  You have even more opportunities to seek both energy savings and recognition…and even more tools to help you do that! Just look at Toronto Community Housing, this year’s ENERGY STAR Canada Sustained Excellence Award winner! They’ve been saving energy and earning recognition as an institutional organization for years!

Why not look into joining our family not just as a retailer or manufacturer of ENERGY STAR certified products, but as an organization committed to energy efficiency? Want to know more?  Email or call me, or Isabelle Guimont, our newly appointed account manager for organizations. Being a leader in the energy efficiency movement in Canada has never been so easy.

Dianna Miller
Chief, ENERGY STAR Initiative in Canada

Energy efficiency news

Amendments proposed to Energy Efficiency Regulations

Natural Resources Canada is consulting with stakeholders as it proceeds with the development of Amendment 14 to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations. The Amendment proposes introducing or updating energy efficiency standards for 15 product categories. New products proposed include residential microwave ovens; commercial refrigeration (remote), walk-in coolers/freezers; dry-type transformers, small electric motors, pre-rinse spray valves and metal halide lamp ballasts. For a list of and links to the technical bulletins for these products, visit Amendment 14 on our website. Notice of Intent for the amendment was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on April 30, 2016.

Meanwhile, the 75-day comment period for Amendment 13 closed on July 14, 2016. All comments will be taken into consideration in the development of final regulations that will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. Amendment 13 updates existing energy efficiency standards for 20 product categories to align with requirements or standards in the U.S. It also introduces a new and easy-to-read format.

Dive into summer with a new ENERGY STAR certified pool pump!

It’s summer and time to talk pool pumps, again! Not only do ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps save money and last longer, they are now wired for connectivity. In-ground pool pumps became eligible for ENERGY STAR certification only in 2013 but already the specification has been updated for connectivity to enable both energy savings and smart grid capabilities.

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More and more products are becoming network connected, with the market expanding beyond traditional mobile devices and entertainment systems to appliances, lights and products such as pool pumps.  A current ENERGY STAR certified pool pump already uses 70 percent less energy than a standard, one-speed pump, saving its owner $300-$400 per year and paying for itself in two to three years. It is also quieter, requires less maintenance and lasts longer. The addition of connectivity empowers the savvy pool owner to turn off the unit remotely and receive feedback on its energy use, saving even more energy and money.

Network-connected pool pumps have the potential to be smart-grid ready, letting consumers connect their pool pump with their local utility where those services are offered. This lets utilities run connected pool pumps during off-peak energy demand times, helping to manage demand and optimize system efficiency.

Smart, more effective and highly energy efficient, ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps are a wise purchase for the in-ground pool owner.

Check the Searchable Product Lists to find ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps available in Canada.

Pool pump certification requirements, including optional connected criteria, are detailed in the ENERGY STAR Pool Pump Specification.

Utilities spending on efficiency programs down slightly

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) released its 2015 Annual Industry Report on March 18, 2016.  The survey-based report documents how much utilities spend annually on energy efficiency programs, including demand response programs, in the United States and Canada.

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency

Here are the key highlights for Canadian utilities:

  • Spending on energy efficiency programs decreased to $826 million in 2014, a two percent decline over 2013 expenditures. 
  • Over the past five years, efficiency program expenditures have remained roughly consistent, around $800 million annually.
  • Customer rebates and incentives represented about two thirds of 2014 expenditures.
  • In 2014, electric utilities accounted for 84 percent, or $696 million, of total utilities spending on efficiency programs. 
  • In 2015, reporting utility program administrators budgeted just under $1.01 billion for efficiency programs. This represents a decrease of six percent from 2014.
  • In 2013, ratepayer-funded efficiency programs resulted in 1,670 megawatt hours of gross incremental electricity savings and 87 million therms of gas savings.

About CEE – CEE is an award-winning consortium of efficiency program administrators from the United States and Canada. Members work to unify program approaches across jurisdictions to increase the success of efficiency in markets.

Participants at work

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LightSavers enriches its trove of information resources

LightSavers Canada is a market transformation initiative of the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), started by the Toronto Atmospheric Fund in 2008 and led by CUI since 2012. LightSavers’ purpose is to accelerate the adoption and deployment of smart and connected LED lighting systems in streets and parking areas across Canada. Converting to LEDs saves energy, reduces GHGs and provides a platform for more connected cities.

In 2015, LightSavers produced over 10 guides, primers and case studies; 6 webinars, 3 workshops, and hosted a National LED Lighting Summit in Toronto.  The development of the following educational tools was funded by Natural Resources Canada:

  • Model Technical Specifications for Procurement of LED Luminaires in Canada version 2.0 - a guide to help street, roadway and parking area lighting asset managers design a procurement process, including model submission sheets.
  • LED Streetlight Scale-Up Guide - a resource designed to assist municipal infrastructure managers with the implementation of LED streetlights at scale by outlining the required steps and resources available. 
  • Adaptive Controls for Roadway and Parking Lighting primer - an introduction to the issues related to integrating adaptive controls into parking and roadway lighting systems as a strategy to reduce energy consumption.
  • LED Lighting for Parking Facilities - a primer for converting parking area lighting to LED, including how to build the business case, design standards, financing options, procurement and commissioning.
  • Hamilton’s 2015 LED Streetlight Retrofit video highlights a successful and efficient LED conversion completed in one of Ontario’s fastest growing municipalities.

Next Steps: LightSavers Canada is currently seeking financial support from public and private sector partners. Learn more about Lightsavers Canada and our resources:

City of Hamilton street in daylight
City of Hamilton street at night

Photo credit: City of Hamilton, Ontario


The IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) in Ontario is running an entertaining and informative campaign as part of its Save on Energy program: Power What’s Next. Check out the clever interactive application on the Save on Energy website and keep your eye open for its engaging television ads.


6.	Interactive campaign on the Save on Energy program website.


Technical specifications: new or updates

1. Consumer Electronics

Set-top boxes Version 5.0

The final Version 5.0 of the ENERGY STAR technical specification for set-top boxes (STB) comes into effect January 1, 2017.

This specification sets aggressive new energy efficiency requirements for the full suite of cable, satellite, internet protocol (IP), and over-the-top STBs and establishes efficiency levels for Thin Clients that will be met through implementation of Deep Sleep or other innovative means by January 1, 2018.

Requirements for STB service providers additionally incentivize the design of STBs that offer scheduled sleep and installation of multi-room configurations which use fewer units to deliver content. Other stakeholder-suggested changes ensure the specification reflects current technology.

Set-Top Box Service Providers must continue to ensure that 25 percent of new STB purchases and 15 percent of boxes deployed are ENERGY STAR certified by the end of each calendar year.

Purchases of certified set-top boxes with advanced energy saving features or capabilities may be counted towards the purchase requirement at a premium:

  • 25 percent for thin-client
  • 50 percent for non-thin client with scheduled sleep enabled by default
  • 100 percent for non-thin client with Deep Sleep enabled by default.

Timeline—Non-thin Clients:

  • May 13, 2016: Manufacturers may have products certified to the Version 5.0 requirements.
  • October 1, 2016: Products may no longer be certified to Version 4.1 but existing certifications will remain in effect until December 31, 2016.
  • January 1, 2017: All newly manufactured Non-Thin Client Set-top Box products must meet Version 5.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR symbol.

Timeline—Thin Clients:

  • Effective May 13, 2016: Manufacturers may have products certified to the Version 5.0 requirements.
  • August 15, 2017: Products may no longer be certified to Version 4.1 but existing certifications will remain in effect until December 31, 2017.
  • January 1, 2018: All newly manufactured Thin Client Set-top Box products must meet Version 5.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR symbol.

Televisions Version 7.1

ENERGY STAR is revising the ENERGY STAR Version 7 technical specification for televisions. The majority of households no longer receives television content through antennas. In response, manufacturers are designing products without tuners, a step that would mean they no longer qualify under the current Version 7 ENERGY STAR specification.

To ensure the specification is current, ENERGY STAR proposes adding a Home Theater Display (HTD) definition to the specification for televisions to cover tunerless products. This addition will also apply to Hospitality televisions.

2. Appliances

Dehumidifiers Version 4.0

The final ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 technical specification for dehumidifiers is released and will take effect on October 25, 2016. This specification increases the stringency of requirements that will distinguish highly efficient dehumidifiers.
Certification under the previous Version 3.0 specification ceased as of June 10, 2016 but existing certifications to Version 3.0 will remain valid for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification until October 24, 2016.
Any dehumidifier manufactured as of October 25, 2016 must meet Version 4.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark.

3. Lighting

Light bulbs/lamps Version 2.0

The final ENERGY STAR  Version 2.0 lamps specification is released and will replace the Version 1.1 specification on January 2, 2017.
The proposed changes for Version 2.0 are intended to avoid the need for partners to retest products; however they do reflect updated industry standards and alignment with a final U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for integrated LED lamps.
The ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 lamps specification objectives will:

  • increase efficacy levels
  • broaden the scope and the features
  • provide for use of DOE’s pending test procedures
  • improve harmonization between ENERGY STAR lighting specifications.

Manufacturers may have products certified to the updated specification immediately.

4. Data Centres

Large network equipment Version 1.0

ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 large network equipment specification took effect March 1, 2016.

The specification allows for certification of a wide range of enterprise grade switches and routers not covered in the small network equipment specification, with varying form factors and port types. In addition, it introduces an approach to product families for modular products that allows both homogenous and heterogeneous module configurations to be certified. It also includes requirements focused on power supplies, energy efficiency features, and standard performance data measurement and output.

As of March 1, 2016, all qualifying products must meet the requirements in the specification in order to be considered ENERGY STAR certified.

Servers Version 3.0

Revision of the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 computer servers specification was launched in March 2016 to account for advances in technology and make ENERGY STAR requirements more stringent.

Next steps include:

  • set Active State energy efficiency requirements
  • increase power supply efficiency requirements
  • evaluate treatment of Auxiliary Processing Accelerators (APA), Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), and other complementary computing options found in computer servers
  • revise existing Idle State requirements
  • potentially increase scope as the Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT) allows, including Dc-Dc servers

ENERGY STAR welcomes stakeholder suggestions on any other issues to be considered during the Version 3.0 specification revision process.

5. Office Equipment

Displays Version 7.0

ENERGY STAR Version 7.0 displays specification requirements took effect on July 1, 2016. The Version 7.0 specification establishes new power consumption requirements for both computer monitors and signage displays.

The Total Energy Consumption (TEC) limits have been relaxed somewhat since the release of the final draft to include an appropriate number of models in key size ranges and to include allowances for touch functionality.

As of July 1, 2016, all new products must meet Version 7.0 requirements to be considered ENERGY STAR certified.

Be a market leader—join ENERGY STAR!

Canadians say the ENERGY STAR symbol is the tool they use most when shopping for energy-efficient products. You can gain a market edge and be a leader in Canada’s energy efficiency movement by joining our voluntary industry-government partnership. It is easy and there is no fee.

6. Contact us

Please consult the listing below should you wish to contact your Account Manager or need general information:

Chief, ENERGY STAR Canada
Dianna Miller - 613-947-5001 or email Dianna Miller

Plug load: appliances; electronics; lighting;
data centers; office equipment; pool pumps
Liz Westbrook-Trenholm - 613-947-1219 or email Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Steve Hopwood - 613-995-6741 or email Steve Hopwood

Heating, cooling and ventilation
Water heaters
Stéphane LeBlanc - 613-947-2319 or email Stéphane LeBlanc

Gas and electrical utilities
Patrick Roy - 613-943-0453 or email Patrick Roy

Commercial and institutional sector organizations
Commercial food service equipment
Isabelle Guimont - 613-996-5281 or email Isabelle Guimont