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

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Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations

SOR/86-131

ELECTRICITY AND GAS INSPECTION ACT

Registration 1986-01-16

Regulations Relating to the Inspection of Electricity and Gas Meters and Supplies

P.C. 1986-116 1986-01-16

Whereas, pursuant to subsection 28(2) of the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act a copy of the proposed Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations, substantially in the form annexed hereto, was published in the Canada Gazette Part I on August 10, 1985 and a reasonable opportunity was thereby afforded to interested persons to make representations with respect thereto to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs.

Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, pursuant to section 28 of the Electricity and Gas Inspection ActFootnote *, is pleased hereby to make the annexed Regulations relating to the inspection of electricity and gas meters and supplies, effective January 25, 1986.

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations.

Interpretation

  •  (1) In these Regulations,

    absolute pressure scale

    absolute pressure scale means the pressure measuring scale the zero of which represents the pressure exerted by a total vacuum; (échelle de pression absolue)

    accreditation audit

    accreditation audit means an assessment of the facilities, procedures and capabilities of an applicant for accreditation as a meter verifier to ascertain whether the required standards of meter performance control can be met and maintained by the applicant; (vérification d’accréditation)

    Act

    Act means the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act; (Loi)

    average flowing gas temperature

    average flowing gas temperature means the time weighted or the volume weighted average of the temperatures of the gas flowing through a meter during the period a volume of gas is measured by the meter; (température moyenne d’écoulement du gaz)

    average meter pressure

    average meter pressure means the time weighted or the volume weighted average of the pressures exerted by the gas within a meter during the period a volume of gas is measured by the meter; (pression moyenne du compteur)

    electricity metering installation

    electricity metering installation means an installation that consists of more than one electricity meter installed at the same location and that is used for the purpose of obtaining the basis of a charge for electricity supplied to a purchaser; (installation de mesure de l’électricité)

    gas metering installation

    gas metering installation means an installation that consists of more than one gas meter installed at the same location and that is used for the purpose of obtaining the basis of a charge for gas supplied to a purchaser; (installation de mesure du gaz)

    gauge pressure scale

    gauge pressure scale means the pressure measuring scale the zero of which represents the pressure exerted by the earth’s atmosphere at the time and place the measurement is taken; (échelle de pression manométrique)

    measured atmospheric pressure

    measured atmospheric pressure means the time weighted or volume weighted average of the atmospheric pressures measured at the location of a meter during the period a volume of gas is measured by the meter; (pression atmosphérique mesurée)

    Measurement Canada office

    Measurement Canada office means any office of the Department of Industry for use by persons employed in the administration of the Act; (bureau de Mesures Canada)

    standard conditions

    standard conditions means standard temperature and standard pressure; (conditions normales)

    standard pressure

    standard pressure means

    • (a) in the International system of units, an absolute pressure equal to 101.325 kPa, and

    • (b) in the Imperial system of units,

      • (i) 14.73 psia, or

      • (ii) 30 in. of mercury at 32°F; (pression normale)

    standard temperature

    standard temperature means a temperature that is equal to

    • (a) 15°C in the International system of units, or

    • (b) 60°F in the Imperial system of units; (température normale)

    standard volume

    standard volume means a volume of gas expressed in units of either the cubic metre or the cubic foot at standard pressure and standard temperature as determined in accordance with section 35. (volume normal)

  • (2) Where a word or expression is used in these Regulations to describe a type of meter, a function or part of a meter or a measurement, that term shall have the meaning set out in the appropriate specifications, as amended from time to time, made available pursuant to sections 12, 18, 19, 44 and 45.

  • SOR/89-317, s. 1(E);
  • SOR/95-333, s. 1;
  • SOR/2014-113, s. 1.

Exemptions

[SOR/92-438, s. 1]
  •  (1) Instrument transformers that are designed and constructed to have fixed, non-adjustable accuracy characteristics are exempted from subsection 9(1) of the Act.

  • (2) A gas meter with a broken seal is exempt from the requirement that it not be continued in use until it has been reverified under subsection 15(2) of the Act if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

    • (a) the seal was deliberately broken by an inspector or accredited meter verifier for the purpose of installing or removing a device that transmits the reading of the meter to a remote location;

    • (b) no components of the meter other than the register cover and the register have been removed from the meter;

    • (c) any component that has been removed from the meter has been promptly replaced such that the reading of the register is unchanged except for, in cases where the register has not been removed, increases indicating the volume of gas that passed through the meter during the time the seal was broken; and

    • (d) the meter is promptly resealed and restamped, relabelled, retagged or otherwise marked by an inspector or accredited meter verifier in accordance with the specifications made available by the director pursuant to section 18 of these Regulations.

  • (3) A meter that was originally sealed using a plastic filament of any diameter or a metallic filament with a diameter of less than 0.644 mm and that is discovered in service with a broken seal is exempt from the requirement of subsection 15(2) of the Act that it not be continued in use until it has been reverified if both of the following conditions are satisfied:

    • (a) there is no visible sign that the broken seal resulted from an attempt to alter or affect the working parts or adjustments of the meter or in any other way affect the registration of the meter; and

    • (b) the meter is resealed by an inspector in accordance with the Act and these Regulations.

  • SOR/92-438, s. 2;
  • SOR/2007-89, s. 1;
  • SOR/2009-76, s. 1.

Delegation of Functions

  •  (1) The director may delegate, in writing, his functions under any provision of the Act, other than subsection 11(1) or section 22.

  • (2) Prior to any delegation pursuant to subsection (1) notice of the delegation shall be published in the Canada Gazette.

PART IUnits and Measuring Apparatus

Units

  •  (1) 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, the unit of measurement for the sale of such electricity shall be, with respect to the amount of electricity sold, a unit referred to in paragraph 3(1)(a) of the Act and, with respect to the time-related demand for electricity sold,

    • (a) the watt;

    • (b) the volt-ampere; or

    • (c) the var.

  • (2) Where the unit of measurement for the sale of electricity is the volt-ampere or volt-ampere hour, vector addition shall be used to determine the total number of such units in a combination of polyphase circuits.

  • SOR/95-532, s. 3(F).
  •  (1) The cubic metre and the cubic foot referred to in subparagraph 3(1)(b)(i) of the Act shall be determined at standard pressure and at standard temperature.

  • (2) The British Thermal Unit referred to in subparagraph 3(1)(b)(ii) of the Act shall be defined as the quantity of energy that must be added to one pound avoirdupois of distilled water to raise its temperature from 60°F to 61°F under standard pressure and is represented in these Regulations by the symbol “Btu(60.5)”.

  • SOR/95-532, s. 3(E).

Measuring Apparatus

 A measuring apparatus that is required for measurement of electricity or gas or examination of meters shall be calibrated in the following manner:

  • (a) by testing its accuracy at points throughout the measuring range of the apparatus; and

  • (b) by tracing its accuracy at one or more points tested in accordance with paragraph (a) to reference standards kept by the National Research Council of Canada.

  • SOR/89-317, s. 2;
  • SOR/95-532, s. 3.
 
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