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Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations (SOR/86-131)

Regulations are current to 2024-02-06 and last amended on 2018-11-23. Previous Versions

PART VIDisputes (continued)

  •  (1) For the purposes of subsections 24(1) and (2) of the Act, an error that is greater than

    • (a) 3% of the amount of electricity or gas supplied through the meter, and

    • (b) where the amount of electricity supplied and the time-related demand for electricity supplied are the joint basis of a charge for electricity sold to a purchaser, with respect to a time-related demand, two and one-half per cent of the maximum point of the electricity meter’s demand scale

    is not permitted.

  • (2) For the purposes of subsection 24(3) of the Act, no error is permitted.

  • SOR/2009-76, s. 6

PART VIIFunctions of an Inspector

 The functions of an inspector shall be the carrying out of

  • (a) any inspection and testing of meters and any inspection of their installation required for the purposes of the Act and these Regulations;

  • (b) any inspection and testing required to enable the determination of a period for the purposes of paragraph 12(1)(c) of the Act;

  • (c) any accreditation audit referred to in section 24 or any audit required pursuant to a condition referred to in section 25;

  • (d) any investigation required to assist in the determination of whether there is or has been an offence under section 30 of the Act;

  • (e) any investigations, tests, inquiries and examinations in relation to sections 9, 11 and 23 of the Act; and

  • (f) such other functions as are reasonably ancillary to the functions listed in paragraphs (a) to (e).

 An inspector shall not, in the execution of his functions, use any measuring apparatus other than a measuring apparatus permitted by section 5 of the Act.

PART VIIIProvisions Specific to Gas

Prohibited Substances

 No person shall supply to a purchaser for any purpose other than processing or delivery for processing, natural gas that contains more than 0.030 per cent of water vapour, calculated by volume at standard pressure and standard temperature.

Sale of Gas by Volume

 A volume of gas measured by any meter that registers in units of volume shall be converted to standard volume by using the following equation, namely,

Vs = Vr × Pm × Tm × (Fpv)2

where

  • (a) Vs is the standard volume;

  • (b) Vr is the volume registered by the meter;

  • (c) Pm is the pressure multiplier established for the meter pursuant to section 36;

  • (d) Tm is the temperature multiplier established for the meter pursuant to section 38 or 39, whichever is applicable; and

  • (e) Fpv is the supercompressibility factor established for the meter pursuant to section 40.

  • SOR/95-532, s. 3(F)

Pressure Multiplier

  •  (1) The pressure multiplier for any pressure converting meter shall be established by using the following equation, namely,

    Pm = Pb/Ps

    where

    • (a) Pm is the pressure multiplier;

    • (b) Pb is the pressure expressed on the absolute pressure scale and used as the base pressure for the calibration of the pressure converting meter; and

    • (c) Ps is the standard pressure expressed on the absolute pressure scale.

  • (2) The pressure multiplier for any meter other than a pressure correcting meter shall be established by using the following equation, namely,

    Pm = (Pga + Pa)/Ps

    where

    • (a) Pm is the pressure multiplier;

    • (b) Pga is the average meter pressure expressed on the gauge pressure scale;

    • (c) Pa is

      • (i) the mean atmospheric pressure at the meter location, expressed to at least four significant digits,

      • (ii) the atmospheric pressure calculated for the meter location pursuant to subsection 37(1), expressed to at least four significant digits,

      • (iii) the atmospheric pressure declared for the meter location pursuant to subsection 37(2), expressed to at least four significant digits, or

      • (iv) the measured atmospheric pressure at the meter location, expressed to at least four significant digits; and

    • (d) Ps is the standard pressure expressed on the absolute pressure scale.

  • SOR/95-532, s. 3

Atmospheric Pressure

  •  (1) The atmospheric pressure shall be calculated for a meter location by using the following equation, namely,

    • (a) in the International system of units,

      Pa = 101.560 - (0.0113 × M) kPa, or

    • (b) in the Imperial system of units,

      Pa = 14.73 - (0.0005 × F) psia

      where

    • (c) Pa is the calculated atmospheric pressure; and

    • (d) M is the number of metres of elevation of the meter location above mean sea level and F is the number of feet of elevation of the meter location above mean sea level, in either case as determined by a survey carried out by a registered surveyor or as determined from the most recent applicable topographical maps published by the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources.

  • (2) The atmospheric pressure declared for a meter location shall not differ from the atmospheric pressure calculated for that meter location pursuant to subsection (1) by more than

    • (a) in the International system of units,

      0.621 + (0.001 × Pga) kPa, or

    • (b) in the Imperial system of units,

      0.090 + (0.001 × Pga) psi

      where

      Pga
      is the average meter pressure expressed on the gauge pressure scale.

Temperature Multiplier

  •  (1) Subject to section 39, the temperature multiplier for any temperature converting meter shall be established by using the following equation, namely,

    • (a) in the International system of units,

      Tm = 288.15/(Tb + 273.15), or

    • (b) in the Imperial system of units,

      Tm = 519.67/(Tb + 459.67)

      where

    • (c) Tm is the temperature multiplier; and

    • (d) Tb is the temperature established by the contractor and used as the base temperature for the calibration of the temperature converting meter.

  • (2) Subject to section 39, the temperature multiplier of any meter other than a temperature converting meter shall be established by using the following equation, namely,

    • (a) in the International system of units,

      Tm = 288.15/(Tga + 273.15), or

    • (b) in the Imperial system of units,

      Tm = 519.67/(Tga + 459.67)

      where

    • (c) Tm is the temperature multiplier; and

    • (d) Tga is the average flowing gas temperature.

  • SOR/95-532, s. 3

 A temperature multiplier of one may be used for

  • (a) meters that are purchased prior to December 31, 1986 and

    • (i) that have a capacity that is less than 14 standard cubic metres per hour at a differential pressure of 0.125 kPa, or

    • (ii) that have a capacity that is less than 500 standard cubic feet per hour at a differential pressure of 0.5 in. of water column;

  • (b) meters that are installed prior to December 31, 1986, where the average meter pressure exceeds the atmospheric pressure by more than 3.5 kPa in the International system of units or 0.5 psi in the Imperial system of units; and

  • (c) meters that are installed where the average meter pressure does not exceed the atmospheric pressure by more than 3.5 kPa in the International system of units or 0.5 psi in the Imperial system of units and that

    • (i) were most recently sealed prior to December 31, 1986, and

    • (ii) have a capacity that is greater than that stated in subparagraph (a)(i) or (ii), whichever is applicable.

Supercompressibility Factor

 For the purpose of paragraph 35(e),

  • (a) subject to paragraphs (b) and (c), the supercompressibility factor for any meter shall be established based on

    • (i) the pressure exerted by the gas within the meter and the temperature of the gas flowing through the meter as determined by continuous monitoring at the meter location,

    • (ii) the relative density, the carbon dioxide content and the nitrogen content of the gas being measured, as determined by

      • (A) a gas sampling process, if the process gives results that are representative of the gas at the meter location, or

      • (B) continuous monitoring at the meter location, and

    • (iii) if the parameters of the gas referred to in subparagraphs (i) and (ii) vary, either the time weighted or the volume weighted averages of those parameters during the period that the volume of the gas is measured by the meter;

  • (b) the supercompressibility factor for any meter for which the pressure exerted by the gas within the meter expressed on the gauge pressure scale does not exceed 207 kPa in the International system of units, or 30 psi in the Imperial system of units, may be established based on

    • (i) the pressure exerted by the gas within the meter, established and maintained through the use of a pressure factor metering regulator that has been approved and verified under section 9 of the Act,

    • (ii) an assumed flowing gas temperature of 59°F or 15°C, and

    • (iii) the relative density, the carbon dioxide content and the nitrogen content of the gas being measured as determined by a gas sampling process, if the process gives results that are representative of the gas at the meter location; or

  • (c) a supercompressibility factor of one may be used if the pressure exerted by the gas within the meter expressed on the gauge pressure scale does not exceed 700 kPa in the International system of units or 100 psi in the Imperial system of units.

  • SOR/2006-76, s. 2

Sale of Gas by Energy Units

 Where gas is sold by energy units, the number of energy units shall be the product obtained by multiplying

  • (a) the calorific power of a unit of mass of the gas by the number of the said units of mass of the gas; or

  • (b) the calorific power of a unit of volume of the gas at a certain temperature and certain pressure by the number of the said units of volume of the gas at the same certain temperature and same certain pressure.

 The calorific power of gas shall be determined by measurement or by calculation based on gas sampling and shall be expressed in terms of one of the following units:

  • (a) joules or multiples thereof, per standard cubic metre of gas, free of water vapour;

  • (b) Btu(60.5), per standard cubic foot of gas, free of water vapour; or

  • (c) joules or multiples thereof, per kilogram of gas, free of water vapour.

 In order to obtain the calorific power of gas in Btu(60.5) per cubic foot of gas free of water vapour at a pressure P expressed on the absolute pressure scale and at standard temperature, where the gas has been tested using a method that gives results in Btu(60.5) per cubic foot of gas saturated with water vapour at the pressure P and standard temperature, the results shall be multiplied by a factor equal to

P/(P - 0.25611)

 The director shall set out specifications, subject to sections 42 and 43, for determination of the calorific power of gas.

Sale of Gas by Quantity

 The director shall set out specifications, subject to sections 35 to 40, for determination of the quantity of gas.

  • SOR/89-317, s. 7(F)

PART IXLimits of Error

 The limits of error referred to in paragraph 33(k) of the Act are 3% of the amount of electricity or gas supplied.

  • SOR/95-532, s. 3
  • SOR/2009-76, s. 7

PART XFees and Charges

  •  (1) In this section, service in respect of a meter or metering installation, means to perform one or more of the following, namely, an inspection, a test, a verification or a reverification of a meter or metering installation.

  • (1.1) Where an inspector services an electricity meter or an electricity metering installation set out in column I of an item of Part I of Schedule 1, the owner of the meter or metering installation shall pay

    • (a) in the case of a metering installation or where the meter is located at the operational location, the fee set out in column II of that item; and

    • (b) where the meter is not located at the operational location, the fee set out in column III of that item.

  • (2) A person who requests an inspection or service described in column I of an item in Part II of Schedule 1 shall pay for that inspection or service the fee set out in column II of that item.

  • (3) [Repealed, SOR/95-333, s. 2]

  • (4) [Repealed, SOR/89-425, s. 1]

  • (5) Where an inspector services a gas meter or gas metering installation set out in column I of an item of Part IV of Schedule 1, the owner of the meter or metering installation shall pay

    • (a) in the case of a metering installation or where the meter is located at the operational location, the fee set out in column II of that item; and

    • (b) where the meter is not located at the operational location, the fee set out in column III of that item.

  • (6) A person who requests an inspection or service described in column I of an item in Part V of Schedule 1 shall pay for that inspection or service the fee set out in column II of that item.

  • (7) The owner of an electricity meter or metering installation or a gas meter or metering installation who requests an inspection or service of the meter or installation shall pay, as remuneration for the time and expenses set out in column I of an item in Part VI of Schedule 1 incurred by the inspector in providing the requested inspection or service, the charges set out or referred to in column II of that item.

  • (8) A person who requests an audit described in column I of an item in Part VII of Schedule 1 shall pay the fee set out in column II of that item, in the case of item 1, on performance of the requested audit by an inspector and, in the case of item 2, on a per annum basis.

  • (9) The owner of an electricity measuring apparatus described in column I of an item in Part VIII of Schedule 1 shall pay the amount set out in column II of that item for the determination of the accuracy of the apparatus by the inspector by means of testing at points throughout the measuring range of the apparatus.

  • (10) The owner of a gas measuring apparatus described in column I of an item in Part IX of Schedule 1 shall pay the amount set out in column II of that item for the determination of the accuracy of the apparatus by the inspector by means of testing at points throughout the measuring range of the apparatus.

  • (11) Notwithstanding subsections (1) to (3) and (5) to (7), where an application is made in accordance with section 13 for an approval, referred to in subsection 9(4) of the Act, of a meter or a class, type or design of meter, the only charge payable for determining whether the meter or the class, type or design of meter conforms with the specifications referred to in section 12 is $25 for each half hour or part thereof so required.

  • (12) Notwithstanding subsections (1.1) and (5), where a quality monitoring meter verification program has been implemented at an organization’s service facilities and the organization has complied with the criteria set out in the quality monitoring meter verification program manual, the owner shall pay

    • (a) for each meter inspected or for each meter verified or reverified under inspection level 1 as set out in the quality monitoring meter verification program manual, the fee set out for that type of meter in column III of

      • (i) Part I of Schedule 1, for electricity meters, and

      • (ii) Part IV of Schedule 1, for gas meters;

    • (b) for each meter verified or reverified under inspection level 2 as set out in the quality monitoring meter verification program manual, two thirds of the fee set out for that type of meter in column III of

      • (i) Part I of Schedule 1, for electricity meters, and

      • (ii) Part IV of Schedule 1, for gas meters; and

    • (c) for each meter verified or reverified under inspection level 3 as set out in the quality monitoring meter verification program manual, one third of the fee set out for that type of meter in column III of

      • (i) Part I of Schedule 1, for electricity meters, and

      • (ii) Part IV of Schedule 1, for gas meters.

  • (13) Notwithstanding subsections (1), (3) and (5), no fee or charge is payable with respect to any investigation by an inspector pursuant to subsection 29(1).

  • SOR/87-212, s. 5
  • SOR/89-425, s. 1
  • SOR/95-333, s. 2
  • SOR/2009-76, s. 8
  • SOR/2014-113, s. 7
 

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