Confirmed - Buildings Need to Report Energy & Water Usage

Confirmed - Buildings Need to Report Energy & Water Usage

A recent law blog stated that the repeal of the Green Energy Act meant that condominiums would no longer need to report their energy and water usage.  This is incorrect.

Essentially, the requirement to report energy and water usage was moved from the Green Energy Act to the Electricity Act, 1998. The requirement to report was reintroduced as a new piece of regulation – O.Reg. 506/18, which came into force January 1, 2019.

As such, all of the requirements and advice we outlined in our blog posting back in 2017 are still applicable.

There are a few changes in the new regulation, and one in particular that clarified the requirements for condominium townhomes:

  • The new regulations say that buildings under 50,000 square feet are not required to report;
  • So, if your condominium complex is composed of a tower that is over 50,000 sq. ft. and townhomes, only the tower needs to report;
  • If your condominium complex only has townhomes, then your condominium does not have to report at all.
  • This change makes sense because the intent of the regulation was aimed at buildings.

The earliest that any building can request last year’s data from their utility is February.  We will be sending out some guidelines to our managers shortly to assist their corporations to be in compliance with this new regulation.