The HVAC Coalition of Ontario has agreed to a settlement that will allow contractors to have access to the Enbridge utility bill on a fee for service basis. The arrangement will present new opportunities for contractors operating in the Enbridge franchise area while eliminating Direct Energy’s exclusive access.
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) has notified stakeholders that the industry in Canada agrees with expanding the bi-national harmonization effort of IEC 60335-2-40 to a tri-national effort that would include Mexican participation.
Academy has completed its Train the Trainer Program in Good Refrigerant
Management Practices in Nigeria. The three 5-day workshops were conducted in
Lagos by Ron Verch of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada’s (HRAI’s) forecast for 2007 projects that shipments of commercial air
conditioning will increase by 4 percent, residential air conditioning will
increase by 1 percent, and residential furnace shipments will decrease by 1
percent over the projected 2006 figures.
The Nova Scotia Natural Gas Association (NSNGA), a new organization affiliated with the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors of Canada (HRAI), was formally inaugurated at a meeting held late November 2006 in Halifax.
Enbridge Gas Distribution has launched EnergyLink™, a free referral service intended to help its residential and small business customers find local HVAC contractors for the purchase and installation of natural gas products such as furnaces, fireplaces, and water heaters.
Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer (CECO) announced that his 2006 Annual Report shows that Ontario has reduced electricity consumption by 2.5 percent over 2005, even after weather factors such as a marginally cooler summer were factored into the calculations.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to increase the minimum efficiency level for furnaces and boilers. It has been proposed that the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) would be increased from 78 percent to 80 percent for non-weatherized gas furnaces and 83 percent for weatherized gas furnaces.