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April 2017

Technical bulletin on developing the standards

Webinar – April 2017

On March 4, 2017, Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) Office of Energy Efficiency issued a Notice of Intent to amend Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations (the Regulations) to align pumps with standards in the United States. This technical bulletin has been released to initiate the consultation process and to collect stakeholder views on the requirements being considered for pumps.

Input received during this stage of the process will inform the development of the Amendment 15 proposal. In addition, NRCan will undertake a cost-benefit analysis using the best-available Canadian market data to assess the economic and environmental impacts of these new standards and to ensure Canadian consumers and businesses benefit from their implementation.

The Government of Canada intends to pre-publish a regulatory proposal in the Canada Gazette, Part I, within approximately two years of this bulletin.


In 2014, the Canada – United States Regulatory Cooperation Council committed to align new and updated energy efficiency standards and test standards for energy-using equipment, to the extent practicable and permitted by law.

Pumps are not currently considered an energy-using product in the Regulations. On January 26, 2016, the United States Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) issued a final rule, which introduced minimum energy performance standards (MEPS).

NRCan is considering aligning with the scope, MEPS, and testing standards of the U.S. DOE.

Product description

A pump moves liquids by physical or mechanical action. In addition a pump can include mechanical equipment, driver and controls.

Types of pumps included:

  • end suction close-coupled pumps
  • end suction frame mounted/own bearings pump
  • inline pumps
  • radially split, multi-stage, vertical, inline diffuser casing pumps
  • submersible turbine pumps

(These pumps are typically 1-200 hp at Best Efficiency Point and full impeller diameter.)

Types of pumps excluded:

  • fire pumps
  • self-priming pumps
  • prime-assist pumps
  • magnet driven pumps
  • pumps specifically designed for use in a nuclear facility
  • pumps specifically designed for military applications

Energy performance testing standard

NRCan is considering referencing the following energy performance testing standard:

Note that this test method is based on Hydraulic Institute (HI) Standard 40.6-2014 with specific additions to account for energy performance of some motors and controls not addressed in HI 40.6-2014.

Energy performance standard

NRCan is considering a maximum pump energy index (PEICL or PEIVL) using the appropriate C-value in the table:

Minimum energy performance standards being considered for pumps
Equipment class1 Maximum PEI2 C-value3
ESCC.1800.CL 1.00 128.47
ESCC.3600.CL 1.00 130.42
ESCC.1800.VL 1.00 128.47
ESCC.3600.VL 1.00 130.42
ESFM.1800.CL 1.00 128.85
ESFM.3600.CL 1.00 130.99
ESFM.1800.VL 1.00 128.85
ESFM.3600.VL 1.00 130.99
IL.1800.CL 1.00 129.30
IL.3600.CL 1.00 133.84
IL.1800.VL 1.00 129.30
IL.3600.VL 1.00 133.84
RSV.1800.CL 1.00 129.63
RSV.3600.CL 1.00 133.20
RSV.1800.VL 1.00 129.63
RSV.3600.VL 1.00 133.20
ST.1800.CL 1.00 138.78
ST.3600.CL 1.00 134.85
ST.1800.VL 1.00 138.78
ST.3600.VL 1.00 134.85
  • 1Equipment class designations consist of a combination (in sequential order separated by periods) of:
    • 1st – an equipment family (ESCC = end suction close-coupled, ESFM = end suction-frame mounted/own bearing, IL = in-line, RSV = radially split, multi-stage, vertical, in-line diffuser casing, ST = submersible turbine; all as defined in the United States C.F.R. Title10, Part 431, Subpart Y);
    • 2nd – a nominal speed of rotation (1800 = 1800 rpm, 3600 = 3600 rpm); and
    • 3rd – an operating mode (CL = constant load, VL = variable load).
  • 2For equipment classes ending in .CL, the relevant PEI is PEICL.
    For equipment classes ending in .VL, the relevant PEI is PEIVL.
  • 3The C-values provided must be used when calculating PEICL or PEIVL as shown in the test method.

Important dates

These regulations would come into force six months after the date of publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

NRCan is considering applying the new standards to pumps manufactured on or after January 27, 2020.

Labelling requirements

NRCan is not considering labelling requirements for pumps at this time.

Verification requirements

NRCan would require that these products carry a third party verification mark indicating that the product meets the MEPS and that information to be reported has been verified.

The verification mark is the mark of a Standards Council of Canada accredited certification body that operates an energy efficiency certification program for the product.

Reporting requirements

Energy efficiency report

The energy efficiency report required for pumps would include the following information:

  • name of product (i.e. pump)
  • brand name
  • model number
  • name of the manufacturer
  • name of the certification body whose verification mark would be affixed to the product
  • pump horsepower
  • equipment class
  • PEI value, either PEICL or PEIVL

The Regulations apply to products imported or shipped inter-provincially for sale or lease in Canada. This report must be submitted, by the dealer, to NRCan before the product is imported into Canada or traded inter-provincially for the first time.

Import report

A dealer who imports these products into Canada would include the following information on the customs release document:

  • name of product
  • model number
  • brand name
  • address of the dealer importing the product
  • purpose for which the product is being imported (i.e. for sale or lease in Canada without modification; for sale or lease in Canada after modification to comply with energy efficiency standards; or for use as a component in a product being exported from Canada)

Comments invited

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide stakeholders with technical detail required to comment on the requirements under consideration for pumps.

NRCan is specifically interested in getting feedback on:

  • the extent of pump manufacturing within Canada for a pump itself, and a pump system, which may include a pump, mechanical equipment, drive and controls, that are sold as one unit

Additional information on Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations including a current list of Standards Council of Canada accredited certification bodies can be found in the Department’s website.

We welcome your comments by May 19, 2017. All correspondence should be forwarded to:

Natural Resources Canada
Office of Energy Efficiency
580 Booth Street
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0E4

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