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    1. We May See an Upsurge of Women in the Electrical Trade Soon

      We May See an Upsurge of Women in the Electrical Trade Soon

      Here's a fascinating article from The Guardian. It's called Labor to Spend $12m Boosting Number of Female Tradies in Vocational Education Overhaul.

      It shares some interesting news. Here's a short excerpt that we thought was thought-provoking:

      A Labor government will commit $12m to boost the number of female tradies as part of an overhaul of Australia’s vocational education sector.

      The shadow skills minister, Doug Cameron, said the commitment aimed to boost female representation in traditionally male-dominated occupations, where women remain a tiny fraction of the workforce.

      For more information on this, give the rest of the ...

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    2. Preventing Arc Flashes for Your Workers

      Preventing Arc Flashes for Your Workers

      Stumbled upon this interesting piece from Safety Solutions. It's called Arc Enemy.

      It shares with us some reminders. This one, we thought, was worth the share:

      Keeping employees safe when working at height also means implementing fall prevention measures. Providing safety education and training to employees regarding PPE use, like how to inspect prior to use and properly fit and wear harnesses, is of the utmost importance. This work, which helps to enforce a strong safety culture, where safety is the priority of both business owner and contractor, is the most valuable employers can do, empowering their workers with ...

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    3. Safely Handling Battery Powered Devices

      Safely Handling Battery Powered Devices

      While we're always careful about the electrical devices that we work on, we sometimes forget to safely handle the battery-powered electrical equipment that we work with. That's why we thought we’d share this fascinating article from Work Safe. It’s titled Risk from Battery Powered Devices Mounted Near Electrical Equipment.

      It offers some thought-provoking perspectives. Here’s one that we thought was interesting:

      To avoid the risk to equipment and people, unused battery powered devices should have their batteries removed, be located so that battery leakage does not endanger other electrical equipment or be removed (including any ...

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    4. The Multifaceted Value Generation of the Renewable Energy Industry

      The Multifaceted Value Generation of the Renewable Energy Industry

      The push for renewable energy generates more value than just answering energy-related problems. Here's a fascinating article from the Electrical Contractors Magazine blog that echo these views. It's called Energy Efficiency Creates Jobs and Affordable Housing.

      It shares some interesting insights on some other ways the renewable energy industry is generating value for the community. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      On top of job creation, energy efficiency retrofits also contribute to the creation of affordable housing. The report notes that retrofits make homes more affordable, but they also lower the cost of housing by lowering utility bills. According ...

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    5. 14 Tools You Got to Have in Your Electrician Box

      14 Tools You Got to Have in Your Electrician Box

      Electricians carry a lot of their own stuff--some need a full truck to hold them, while others can fit all of it in a single box. It all depends on how extensive your work is and for what kind of clientele. But there are some things that all electricians need, regardless of their job scope. 

      As Dave Johnson writes for United Rentals:

      Every experienced electrician has a set of tools that he or she considers essential. Of course, depending on the work, the tools may vary. Electricians also need personal protective equipment, and energized work requires properly rated insulated tools ...

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    6. When Should Wiring Be Upgraded?

      When Should Wiring Be Upgraded?

      Thought we’d share this helpful blog post from All Around Electrical. It’s called Signs That Your Home's Wiring Needs an Upgrade.

      It offers some great reminders on electrical wiring safety. This one, we thought, was particularly interesting:

      Light fixtures consume very less power. So dimming or flickering of the light fixture may be caused by power-guzzling electrical appliances or space heaters that are wired to the same circuit as the light fixtures. For example, when you start the washing machine, it draws more current, and the electricity supply to the light fixture reduces, resulting in dimming. 

      To ...

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    7. Why the Tone of Your Speech Matters as an Electrical Tradie

      Why the Tone of Your Speech Matters as an Electrical Tradie

      Stumbled upon this clever article from the Electrican's Success Academy. We thought that it would be an awesome share.

      It's called Electricians Tonality on-the-job Matters. A LOT! Here's a short excerpt:

      Your voice is a musical instrument which you should use to your advantage while communicating with the customers and in general. Studies have shown time and again that people with deep voices are preferred and readily accepted for the high-risk and responsibility-laden jobs such as  CEOs or leaders. Likewise, as an electrician in the field, you can use your voice box and modulate it a bit ...

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    8. Wind Farm Jobs are Available for Electrical Professionals in the Biloela Region

      Wind Farm Jobs are Available for Electrical Professionals in the Biloela Region

      Came across this fascinating piece from the Central Telegraph and it really piqued our interest. It's Kathy Dumbleton and she titles it Jobs are Waiting in Wind.

      In it, she shares some an exciting opportunity for electrical professionals who specialize in wind for the upcoming Lacour Energy wind farm project. Here's a helpful excerpt that's really interesting:

      The project is expected to consist of up to 51 wind turbines with a power output of approximately 180MW and it could include large-scale battery storage.

      Take a look at the rest of the article if you want to learn ...

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    9. Australia Energy Sector Incubator That Will Shake Up the Entire Industry

      Australia Energy Sector Incubator That Will Shake Up the Entire Industry

      Have read this fascinating article from ARENA Wire? It's called A-Lab Incubates the Next Big Idea and we thought it would be awesome to share it with you.

      It lets us know about this exciting incubator for the energy sector in Australia. Here's a short excerpt to give you an idea of how it's going to be:

      We are seeking diverse teams with people from multiple organisations including combinations of innovators, disruptors, technology providers, project developers, energy retailers, network businesses, end-users/customers, regulators, rule makers.

      Take a look at the rest of this article for more information ...

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    10. Battery Storage Tech Progress in America and How it Affects the Rest of the World (Including Australia)

      Battery Storage Tech Progress in America and How it Affects the Rest of the World (Including Australia)

      This article from Renew Economy really piqued our curiosity. It's called Battery Storage: Hype, Hope, and Analysis.

      It shares some fascinating observations. This one is particularly thought-provoking:

      In Australia there are something like 200 mWh of batteries installed but in general despite the really high price of gas and the high price of electricity we don’t see many batteries being installed for arbitrage.

      Check out the rest of this article from the website linked below…

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    11. Why Home Renovations are the Perfect Opportunity to Do Electrical Upgrades

      Why Home Renovations are the Perfect Opportunity to Do Electrical Upgrades

      Here's a good article to start off the week! When people plan a home renovation, they're usually thinking of improving the aesthetic and livability of their house. But hardly anyone thinks of doing electrical upgrades All Round Electrical talks about how home renovations are in the fact the perfect time to get those electricals up to date.

      Here's something I found interesting:

      If you find that the plugs fall out of the outlet when you plug in an appliance, it means they need replacement. The outlet needs to grip the plug when it’s inserted into the ...

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    12. New DX Solution From Schneider Electric

      New DX Solution From Schneider Electric

      Here's a fascinating article from the blog pages of the Electrical Connections website. It's called Schneider Electric Releases 30 kW In Row DX Solution.

      It shares some insights. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      The 30kW InRow DX solution is available in a 300mm rack format; it offers industry leading efficiency, addressing the growing need for higher density cooling in data centres. The modern data centre requires a device that provides more cooling capacity in a smaller footprint, with the flexibility to adapt to the actual data centre load.

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    13. WorkCover Premiums to Remain the Same

      WorkCover Premiums to Remain the Same

      Have you read this article from Queensland Government website? It's called Lowest Workers' Compensation Rates Providing Stability for Queensland Employers.

      It shares some great news for electrical construction employers. Here's a short quote:

      Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has today announced that WorkCover Queensland will maintain its current premium rate for another 12 months, the sixth straight year that the rate has remained the same.

      Ms Grace said Queensland had the lowest average premium rate of any state or territory workers’ compensation scheme in Australia.

      For more context, give the rest of the article a read.

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    14. Energy Insiders Podcast: The good and bad from Australia’s big grid

      Energy Insiders Podcast: The good and bad from Australia’s big grid

      How is the grid dealing with current issues, and how is it shaping up for the future? This week, the authors of the Generator Report Card, a 650-page tome looking at every nook and cranny in the National Electricity Market, join Energy Insiders to discuss their findings.

      Paul McArdle and Jonathon Dyson have been working for some time on the report and share there insights into how the generators are performing, and the issues facing the market operator, rule makers and regulators.

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    15. Is It Advisable to Install Different Sized Solar Panels?

      Is It Advisable to Install Different Sized Solar Panels?

      Thought we'd share this interesting article from Energy Connections. It's called Mixing Solar Panels.

      It offers some help in solar power rig installation. Here's a useful excerpt: 

      Apart from rated power, each panel has a power degrade percentage. This means solar panels’ output degrade in a different way over time. Moreover the stated degradation not always coincides with what is written on a panel’s nameplate. Therefore it’s not easy to find an exact panel match of different solar vendors.

      To learn more about the intricacies of solar panel installation, check out the rest of this ...

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    16. The Power of Feedback

      The Power of Feedback

      We happened upon this article and thought it would be useful to share it with you. It's called Why Electricians Need to Give Feedback to Their Employers.

      It's an excellent article that tackles employee satisfaction and talent retention. Here's a short excerpt to give you more context:

      If you are an electrical business owner, then you need to teach your staff to give feedback, even if you get busy to run the business and be behind the scenes. Let it be easy for your staff to give feedback, create an open culture where honest communication is appreciated ...

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    17. Cable Recall That Might Affect the Homes You've Already Worked On

      Cable Recall That Might Affect the Homes You've Already Worked On

      We found this article on Western Suburbs Weekly and thought we'd share it with you. It's called Fire Warning Amid Faulty Electrical Cable Recall.

      It reports on a potentially dangerous electrical issue that needs fixing immediately. Here's a short quote for more context:

      Electrical retailers and wholesalers have recalled Infinity and Olsent-branded electrical cables amid fears physical contact with the recalled cables could dislodge the insulation and lead to electric shock or fires.

      Recall progress reports indicate that up to 22,000 homes, commercial and residential buildings in Australia could be affected.

      Check out the rest of ...

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    18. Tradies Get the Boot For Wearing Union Shirts

      Tradies Get the Boot For Wearing Union Shirts

      Stumbled upon this fascinating article from News Australia and thought that we would share it with you. It's called Item of Clothing That Got Aussie Tradies Sacked.

      In it, Alexis Carey gives her report on electrical tradie conflicts. Here's a short excerpt:

      The employees, who are currently working on the NorthConnex project in Sydney, were stood down for wearing and displaying union-related material, and because they had taken two meal breaks during their shift.

      For more context, give the rest of the article a read...

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    19. Uber-Style Disruption is Imminent for the Energy Sector

      Uber-Style Disruption is Imminent for the Energy Sector

      Have you read this article from Brisbane Times? It's called Power Companies Vulnerable to Uber-Style Disruption, Researcher Warns.

      It has some fascinating insights. This one is particularly thought-provoking:

      QUT researcher Associate Professor Robert Perrons recently addressed a United Nations event in Geneva, Switzerland, to warn of a coming change in the energy sector.

      Professor Perrons said an agile digital disrupter could easily insert itself into the existing power supply chain before big power companies could react.

      For more of this interesting story, check out the rest of the article at the website linked below...

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    20. Origin Energy Offers Up Jobs to the Local Community Youth in Chinchilla

      Origin Energy Offers Up Jobs to the Local Community Youth in Chinchilla

      Came across this article from Chinchilla News. It's called Origin Kick Start Local Careers.

      It offers some great news for tradies looking for a great opportunity in Queensland. Here's a short excerpt for more context:

      Six local apprentices from across the Surat Basin have started with Origin this year working in instrumentation and electrical, mechanical fitter and Wellsite operation roles.

      In partnership with MIGAS, Origin will be holding more community information sessions in Chinchilla, Miles and Roma over the coming months.

      Check out the rest of the article for more information on this excellent opportunity...

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    21. How the NFPA 70E Introduces a Better Way To Work

      How the NFPA 70E Introduces a Better Way To Work

      Here's an interesting article from Electrical Construction & Maintenance Magazine. It's called A Better Way To Work and it talks about the new NFPA 70E framework.

      It gives us some interesting perspectives on this new standard. Here's one that we found to be truly thought-provoking:

      You could approach this standard with the mindset it’s a collection of rules and procedures that you need to game to get your work done efficiently. Or you could approach this standard with the mindset that it’s a guide to what you can (and should) do to ensure an electrically safe ...

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    22. Some Telltale Signs That Your Potential Hire Isn't What He's Cracked Up To Be

      Some Telltale Signs That Your Potential Hire Isn't What He's Cracked Up To Be

      We're lucky to have stumbled upon this article from Lifestyle Tradie because we immediately thought that it would be great to share here. It's called 6 Red Flags That Signal Your Potential New Hire Might Become the Next Fire...

      In it, we learn a couple of insights on hiring. Here's one of them that we really thought was fascinating especially in today's employment landscape:

      And with everyone posting even the most minute details all over Facebook and Instagram for everyone to see, its no wonder why they do.

      Seeing images and posts from your tradie can ...

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    23. Single-Axis Tracker Innovation to Make Solar More Accessible

      Single-Axis Tracker Innovation to Make Solar More Accessible

      Thought we'd share this fascinating article on PV Magazine Australia. It's called Arctech Unveils New Single-Axis Tracker.

      It gives us a glimpse of a PV technology that's aimed ot make solar energy more accessible. Here's a short quote from the article's author, Emiliano Bellini:

      Arctech claims installation and operations and maintenance costs for the SkySmart-2 are also lower than rival trackers, as the new model relies on only one motor and controller and all worm gears are connected through a mechanical synchronizing shaft.

      For more of this interesting innovation, give the rest of the article ...

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    24. New Safety Code Might Interfere With the 2030 Renewable Energy Goal

      New Safety Code Might Interfere With the 2030 Renewable Energy Goal

      We found this article from the PV Magazine and thought that we should let you know about it. it's called QLD Government's New Safety Code Set to Cost Solar Jobs.

      It's an interesting article on how the QLD government is trying to strike the balance between safety and green jobs generation. Here's a short insight from the write-up.

      To consider apprentices unlicensed workers is to invite a skills shortage. A shortage that will have negative effects on the ability of installers to complete projects on time and on budget.

      For more context, give the rest of ...

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