Electrical contractor updates
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Updates - 2021
|Update||Title||Date of Issue|
|Issue 16||Reminder: Polarity and Re-energisation Obligations, Earthing of Clipsal Switchboards, Asbestos Containing Material Reminder, Identification of the Service Neutral Conductor for an ABC Type Cable, Portal How-To Video, Operational Update: Padmount Transformer Clearance Zone, The Next Thing You Touch Safety Campaign, Electrical Safety Week Webinar||24 August|
|Issue 15||The Full Introduction of AS/NZS 4777.2.2020 is Fast Approaching!||3 August|
|Issue 14||Our Response: COVID-19: Lockdown Extension for South East Queensland||2 August|
|Issue 13||Our Response: COVID-19: Lockdown for South East Queensland||1 August|
|Issue 12||44c Eligibility, Unmetered Supply Update, Customer details for Under 30kVA Negotiated Solar Applications, Helping Us Plan for the Future, Portal Tips and Tricks||29 July|
|Issue 11||2021/22 Connection Application Fees, Network Tariff Changes, Embedded Generation Sharing, Look Up and Live||30 June|
|Issue 10||Our Response: COVID19 - Lockdown For Multiple Queensland Locations||29 June|
|Issue 9||<30kVA Low Voltage Negotiated Solar Application Fee||14 June|
|Issue 8||5 Minute Global Settlement, <30kVA LV Negotiated Solar Application Fee Implementation, Maintaining Customer's 44c Solar Bonus Scheme, Portal Tips and Tricks||31 May|
|Issue 7||Raiser Brackets, EWR submissions, Hager Meter Isolation Links, LV Negotiated Solar Application proposed fee, Switchboard requirements||29 April|
|Issue 6||Keeping you in the loop||28 April|
|Issue 5 (PDF 497.2 kb)||Our Response: COVID-19 - Lockdown Greater Brisbane Area||29 March|
|Issue 4 (PDF 561.3 kb)||Look Up and Live, Fusing Meter Isolation Links, Linking EWRs Correctly, Looping of Metering Isolation Links, Rectify Form 3 Portal Issue||26 March|
|Issue 3 (PDF 585.8 kb)||Portal optimisation, Additional information for new connections, Interfering with Energex assets, Unmetered supply reminder, Relocation of a primary fuse||26 February|
|Issue 2 (PDF 588.4 kb)||Changes to operating hours, New network load control tariffs, Labelling of meter neutral links, Meter board requirements for IES connections, Meter boards in driveways, audio frequency load control||29 January|
|Issue 1 (PDF 525.8 kb)||Our Response: COVID 19 - 3 Day Lockdown Greater Brisbane Area||8 January|
Updates - 2020
|Update||Title||Date of Issue|
(PDF 767.6 kb)
|Happy Holidays||23 December|
(PDF 648.2 kb)
|Have you ever included the incorrect Retailer details on an EWR?, Solar Diverters between Tariffs are not permitted, Low Voltage Current Transformer Drawings, Reminder <30kV Capacity and Export Limits, Service Pitt Connections, Supply Abolishment Reminder||16 November|
(PDF 653.6 kb)
|5 Minute Global Settlement||13 November|
(PDF 1.9 mb)
|QECM Update, QEMM Update, Meter Panel Position, Asbestos Containing Materials, Non-Domestic Load Control Tariffs, Major Customer Manual, Unmetered Supply Update, Switchboard Wiring, LV Network Device Pilot||10 August|
(PDF 603.9 kb)
|New network tariffs, Changes to our connection policies, Our connection standards have been updated, RPEQ requirements,||25 June|
(PDF 635.3 kb)
|Changes to our connection policies, Portal enhancements||12 June|
(PDF 612.7 kb)
|Electrical Contractor Hotline, Metering Reminder, QECM Reminder: Main Neutral & MEN Connections, Compliance of Battery Systems, Grid Protection Relay compliance requirements extended, New Reactive Power Control Settings mandatory||28 April|
(PDF 563.4 kb)
|COVID-19 Our response update||15 April|
(PDF 555.7 kb)
(PDF 608.2 kb)
|Customer Self Service Portal Enhancements, The Distributed Energy Resources Register, Electrical Partners Portal Improvements||26 February|
(PDF 655.7 kb)
|Metering and Control Equipment Reminder, Non-Standard Connection Arrangements, New Embedded Generation Standards Go-Live, Interim Portal Arrangements for Inverter Energy Systems, Grid Protection Relay Certification Requirements||7 February|
Updates - 2019
|Update||Title||Date of issue|
|Issue 12||Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment, Authorised Person Improvements||18 December|
|Issue 10||AC Isolator Policy Update, New Micro EG Standard and Phase Balance Protection Requirements||15 November|
|Issue 9||ENA Guideline Alignment, Power Quality Response Mode Change, Grid Protection Relay Requirements Update||15 October|
|Issue 8||Safe Work Month, Meter Positioning, Electrical Contractor Hotline, Distributed Energy Resource Register, A message from the Electrical Safety Office||18 September|
|Issue 7||Changes to CT Metering Requirements||4 September|
|Issue 6||Steel property pole requirements, LV CT Update, Metering Neutral connection, Esitrain, Energy Academy||15 July|
|Issue 5||Energy Academy||6 May|
|Issue 4||Overhead work has recommenced, Duplex connections, IES labelling, Replacing asbestos, LV CT update, Energy Academy||18 April|
|Issue 3||Delays to overhead work,||5 April|
|Issue 2||EWR Information and Status Improvements, LV CT Update, Safe Entry Policy Reminder, Electrical Contractor Webinar||28 February|
|Issue 1||Safe Entry Policy||10 January|
Updates - 2018
|Update||Title||Date of Issue|
|Issue 8||LV Currently Transformer Ordering (Amendment), Is a Pillar Upgrade Required?, It Just Won't Fit!, Merry Christmas||13 December|
|Issue 7||LV Current Transformer Ordering, Relay Installation Change, Combination Fuse Switch Safety Alert, Clarifying your Customer's Retailer, 230V Standard Reminder||24 October|
|Issue 6||Duplex Connections, Installing Builder's Temporary Supply Poles, Moving Metering Equipment, Unsecured Wiring is Unsafe!||21 September|
|Issue 5||New Connection & Metering Manuals, Metering Wiring Size, Remote Meter Positions, Asbestos Management, Metering Active & Neutral Link Mounting||28 August|
|Issue 4||Common Network Charges List Updated, Authorised Person Reminder||10 July|
|Issue 3||Upcoming QECMM Changes, Requesting a Builder's Temporary Supply or a Permanent Connection, Peak Smart Changes, Energy Academy Information Pack, Transition to 230V Standard||2 July|
|Issue 2||Energy Academy (Electrical Contractor Information Sessions), Providing Clearance to Power Lines, Battery Trial - Tips for Installers||1 May|
|Issue 1||$50 Cashback Now Available, Metering Neutral Links Rule Reminder, Commonwealth Games Impacts, Energy Academy||27 March|
Updates - 2017
|Update||Title||Date of Issue|
|Issue 14||Queensland Electricity Connection & Metering Manual Updated, Electrical Partners Portal EWR Retailer Selection Reminder||20 December|
|Issue 13||Power of Choice Frequently Asked Questions, Electrical Partners Portal Outage Reminder, Power of Choice & Energy Academy Feedback Survey, Common Newtork Charges List Updated, Pillar Access Reminder||28 November|
|Issue 12||Preparing for Power of Choice||17 November|
|Issue 11||Energex Energy Academy Invitation||31 October|
|Issue 10||Power of Choice Information Pack 1||26 October|
|Issue 9||Energex Energy Academy Invitation||17 October|
|Issue 8||Power of Choice Update, NMI Selection in the Energex Electrical Partners Portal, Delcared Non-Live Tasks, Fail Safe Interlocks & Preventing Paralleling of Transformers||22 September|
|Issue 7||Portal Update - Temporary Connections, Multi Unit Dwelling Connections, All Underground Connections, Permission to Work Near Overhead or Underground Electric Lines & Clipsal Meter Enclosure||27 April|
|Issue 6||Energex Customer Service Work Crew Availability||3 April|
|Issue 5||Courtesy Update: Energex Emergency Response to ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie||30 March|
|Issue 4||Courtesy Update: Energex Assisting Ergon Energy||28 March|
|Issue 3||Energex Energy Academy Invitation, New Low Voltage Service Pits Design||10 March|
|Issue 2||Energex Energy Academy Invitation||17 February|
|Issue 1||Electrical Partners Portal Changes Taking Effect Sunday 22 January||20 January|
Updates - 2016
|Update||Title||Date of Issue|
|Issue 9||Electrical Partners Portal Changes Postponed||09 December|
|Issue 8||Electrical Partners Portal Changes, Queensland Electricity Connection & Metering Manual Updated Version||02 December|
|Issue 7||Electrical Partners Portal Changes||25 November|
|Issue 6||Power of Choice Update, Positive Payback Incentives for Business, MyPower App||11 November|
|Issue 5||Common Customer Report (Fault 3) Faults, Common Network Charges, Energex Website, Meter Isolation Links, Upgrading Underground Supplies||27 July|
|Issue 4||Energex Energy Academy Invite||09 June|
|Issue 3||Off Peak / Load Control Tariff Changes Update||22 April|
|Issue 2 (updated)||Off Peak / Load Control Tariff Changes Update||22 April|
|Issue 2||Common Customer Report (Form 3) Faults, Common Network Charges, Off Peak Tariff Changes, Meter Isolation Links, Portal User Guides||21 April|
|Issue 1||Form 3 Changes, Solar PV Installations, Customer Installation Earthing, Pool & Hot Water Rewards Extended||5 February|
Updates - 2015
|Update||Title||Date of Issue|
|Issue 13||QECMM Version 10 & NMI Creation Requests - Multi Tenancy and Units||1 December|
|Issue 12||Changes to Negotiated Connections, Unmetered Supply and PV, & Connect Requests||12 November|
|Issue 11||Electrical Contractor Phone Line - IVR Menu Changes||6 October|
|Issue 10||QECMM Version 10, NMI Creation Multi-Tenancy Dwellings & Technical Updates||1 September|
|Issue 9||Technical Update, NMI Creation Multi-Tenancy Dwellings & ACS Metering Charges||29 July|
|Issue 8||Energex Tariff Schedule & Regulated Electricity Tariffs||7 July|
|Issue 7||Changes to Metering Charges and NECF Update||30 June|
|Issue 6||NECF Workshop Questions, NECF Changes & ACS Connection Services Fees and Charges||19 June|
|Issue 5||Controlled Load Metering Clarification, Upcoming Changes to Work Requests and Changes to Positive Payback||2 June|
|Issue 4||Changes to Work Requests and the Electrical Partners Portal||14 May|
|Issue 3||NECF-Ready Workshops, Alternative Control Services and Electrical Contractor Line||29 April|
|Issue 2||NECF Workshops||24 March|
|Issue 1||NECF Workshops, Technical Update and Economy Tariff Rewards||18 February|
Previously updated information for EWRs.
Temporary to permanent connection process
Energex has been working with electricity retailers to simplify the temporary to permanent connection process.
When we receive a request for a new connection, and a temporary connection exists on site, the temporary service will be swung to the permanent position.
This service transfer will occur on the same NMI (i.e., account or premises) and no supply abolishment request will be required for removal of the temporary builder's pole.
A supply abolishment is only required when the temporary and permanent connections are required to run concurrently for a short period (i.e., two points of supply).
The supply abolishment request is required to initiate a separate visit from Energex to remove the temporary connection once it is no longer needed.
If the temporary and permanent connections need to exist concurrently, we will require this advice from the electrical contractor via the Electrical Work Request (Form 2) and/or from the retailer via their permanent connection request.
Without initial advice, the permanent connection request will be processed as a temporary to permanent connection (i.e., swing service).
Template for use by electrical contractors to record data required for EWR submission
In early December 2009, we successfully transferred just under 3,600 electrical contractors from the Online Form 2 submission facility, to the new Web Portal.
The Online Form 2 submission facility has now been removed from the Energex website, and electrical contractors wishing to submit their EWRs (Form 2) online, must now do so via the Web Portal.
An option to download a PDF version of the Electrical Work Request (Form 2) used to exist through the Online Form 2 submission facility; however, this option is not available on the EWR Web Portal.
For those electrical contractors wishing to utilise a paper form to fill out prior to submitting their EWR via the Web Portal, you may download and print the new Paper Document called Template for use by electrical contractors to record data required for EWR submission.
It is important to note that this is not an Electrical Work Request (Form 2) and as such, can not be submitted to Energex.
Release of the new Energex Electrical Work Request (Form 2) Web Portal
Energex has released its new Electrical Work Request (Form 2) Web Portal, replacing the former Online Form 2 submission facility, as part of our commitment to continually improve its processes.
The new Web Portal offers electrical contractors new functionality and benefits such as:
- The provision of a unique reference number to the electrical contractor at the time of submission of the EWR (Form 2), which can be used to track the progress of the request.
- The ability for the EWR Reference Number to be used by other authorised parties, such as electricity retailers, customers and builders to view the status only of the job, via the Energex Website. Whilst the status can be viewed, no customer or address details will be available.
- Providing regular updates on the progress of requests.
- The ability to establish an account without having to contact Energex to create it.
- Allowing both multiple and suitably authorised users access to the one account, eliminating the old practice of one password for an entire company. This provides a more secure and efficient tool in tracking individual's jobs.
- The ability to save an incomplete EWR which can then be completed at a later time or date without losing any data.
- The ability to view the history of previously submitted EWRs.
- Tools to assist in the submission of an EWR and the navigation of the Web Portal such as 'Help' and 'Mouse Over' text.
To assist in ensuring the timely scheduling of work, the Web Portal will automatically forward a copy of the electrical contractors EWR to the customers' nominated retailer, at the time of submission, and will include the EWR Reference Number.
This will allow the electricity retailer to include the EWR Reference Number when providing the Retailer Service Order (also known as a B2B) to Energex; assisting with the reduction of time required to match up customer and address details.
It is for this purpose that the customers' nominated retailer is one of the 'required' fields on both the paper-based EWR and the Web Portal.
It is important to note that the functions of the EWR Web Portal are only available to those electrical contractors who have established an account and submit their EWRs via the Web Portal.
If you wish to use the new Web Portal and gain the benefits it offers, please select the 'CREATE AN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR ACCOUNT' from the Web Portal homepage and supply your details to establish your own user account.
Completing 'required' fields on paper-based EWR (Form 2) submissions
As part of Energex's commitment to continually improve our processes, enhancements to the online submission facility for Electrical Work Requests (Form 2) have been underway and the new Electrical Work Request (Form 2) Web Portal is due for release in December 2009.
We recently mailed out a communication to all electrical contractors operating in the Energex distribution area outlining the coming changes and highlighting that all 'required' fields on the EWR (Form 2) submissions will need to be completed.
From 23 November 2009, we will only accept those paper-based submissions received with all the 'required' fields completed.
Any paper-based EWRs (Form 2) received after this date without all the 'required' fields completed will be rejected and returned to the electrical contractor via fax to re-submit with the necessary 'required' details completed.
EWR (Form 2) submissions received via the current Online Form 2 facility without all the 'required' fields completed will continue to be processed by Energex until all online users can be transferred over to the new EWR (Form 2) Web Portal by 22 December 2009.
Electrical Partners Portal advice
If you are a registered EP Portal user but aren't receiving updates, or if you wish for us to communicate on a specific process relating to the EP Portal, please contact us on:
Energex's Electrical Contractor Line:
1300 762 397