Vol. 146, No. 11 — May 23, 2012


SOR/2012-100 May 4, 2012


Regulations Amending the Energy Efficiency Regulations (Miscellaneous Program)

P.C. 2012-618 May 3, 2012

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Natural Resources, pursuant to sections 20 (see footnote a) and 25 of the Energy Efficiency Act (see footnote b), hereby makes the annexed Regulations Amending the Energy Efficiency Regulations (Miscellaneous Program).



1. The definition “dry-type transformer” in subsection 2(1) of the Energy Efficiency Regulations (see footnote 1) is replaced by the following:

“dry-type transformer” means a transformer, including one that is incorporated into any other product, in which the core and windings are in a gaseous or dry compound insulating medium and that

  1. (a) is either single-phase with a nominal power of 15 to 833 kVA or three-phase with a nominal power of 15 to 7 500 kVA,

  2. (b) has a nominal frequency of 60 Hz, and

  3. (c) has a high voltage winding of 35 kV or less,

but does not include

  1. (d) an autotransformer,

  2. (e) a drive (isolation) transformer with two or more output windings or a nominal low-voltage line current greater than 1 500 A,

  3. (f) a grounding transformer,

  4. (g) a rectifier transformer,

  5. (h) a sealed transformer,

  6. (i) a non-ventilated transformer,

  7. (j) a testing transformer,

  8. (k) a furnace transformer,

  9. (l) a welding transformer,

  10. (m) a special impedance transformer,

  11. (n) a transformer with a nominal low-voltage line current of 4 000 A or more,

  12. (o) an on-load regulating transformer, or

  13. (p) a resistance grounding transformer; (transformateur à sec)


2. These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.


(This statement is not part of the Regulations.)

1. Background

The Energy Efficiency Regulations are administered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Amendment 11 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations was published on October 12, 2011, with a coming into force date of April 12, 2012. Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations were requested by Department of Justice Canada editors to correct a non-substantive discrepancy and anomaly in the English and French instructions related to the revised definition of “dry-type transformer”. Department of Justice Canada advised NRCan that these Regulations were needed to correct the situation.

2. Issue

A revision to the definition of “dry-type transformer” was published in Amendment 11 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations (SOR/2011-182) with an incorrect amending formula. The amending formula was inadvertently drafted such that the reader was directed to replace the entire definition of dry-type transformer with the names of four exempted transformers rather than replace the two currently exempted transformer types. The revised definition as published renders inoperative the entire definition of dry-type transformer. These Regulations are needed to correct the error arising from the coming into force of the provisions in Amendment 11.

3. Objectives

  • To correct an anomaly and non-substantive English and French inconsistency arising from an amending formula for Amendment 11 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations shortly after this amendment comes into force on April 12, 2012.

4. Description

These Regulations will correct an anomaly and inconsistency arising from an amending formula that instructs the reader of Amendment 11 on how to replace and add four exempted types of transformers in the definition of a dry-type transformer. These Regulations will come into force upon registration.

5. Consultation

Given the non-substantive nature of the amendment, consultations were not undertaken.

6. Rationale

These Regulations ensure that shortly after the provisions in Amendment 11 come into force, the Energy Efficiency Regulations are corrected to provide a definition of a dry-type transformer that is whole and functional.

7. Contact

John Cockburn
Equipment Division
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
1 Observatory Crescent, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0E4
Telephone: 613-996-4359
Fax: 613-947-5286
Email: equipment@nrcan.gc.ca

Footnote a
S.C. 2009, c. 8, s. 5

Footnote b
S.C. 1992, c. 36

Footnote 1