Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 August 6, 2021

EIN ESA Grounded 400

Gas prices are going up while the cost of electric vehicles are going down. So it should be no surprise that the demand for Licensed Electrical Contractors to install EV charging stations is as high as it’s ever been.

Plus, they’re here for the long run. Researchers predict that by the year 2030, half of the vehicles in Canada will be electric - which means electrical professionals need to be prepared to take on the challenges involved with installing charging stations.

In this episode, Josie Erzetic sits down with Trevor Tremblay, Technical Advisor at Electrical Safety Authority, to hear his advice for LECs on how to safely install EV charging stations from start to finish.

Planning ahead for the project

Licensed Electrical Contractors should be involved with electric car purchases from the very start of the process. The earlier you can begin working with your client, the more time and money-saving advice you can provide to customers. 

“One thing Licensed Electrical Contractors should advise their customers is that if they are buying equipment online or getting it from somewhere else, make sure it’s approved for use in Canada,” Tremblay shared. “You’ll save a lot of time and effort in the long run.”

Once you’ve ensured the electrical supply equipment is approved for use, you’ll want to start working with your customer on the placement of the charging station. Finding a safe and secure spot is paramount to that process.

“Some manufacturing instructions you must take into account are, if the manufacturer says ventilation is required, well, you have to install ventilation,” said Tremblay. “If you’re installing it outdoors, just make sure your equipment is rated for the weather. You shouldn’t have a dry type enclosure outside because it will be a waste of money, and will fail pretty quickly.” 

Older homes or residences built before 1976 may prove to be the most challenging installation sites. That’s where preventative maintenance takes the forefront.

Tremblay says it’s important to actively check up on homes to make sure nothing’s overheating. That way you can identify weak spots early on and avoid a hazard altogether.

“Most people only maintain their electrical when something doesn’t work. You’ll change your paint, you’ll change your furniture, but you’ll never spend money to actually upgrade your service,” Tremblay revealed. “So in older homes, this can be an accident waiting to happen. Over time things become loose and they could be potentially already heating up and you wouldn’t even know.”

Lastly, installing electrical stations requires a notification of work to ESA -- so make sure that is a part of your planning early on.

“We currently are doing a bit of a blitz focusing on EV charging systems,” said Tremblay. “So just remember to file for your notification with ESA. These are new and innovative projects and new to some people so we just want to make sure that everything is done correctly and safely.

Handling the heat

During installation, one important question you should keep in mind is can the electrical service panel handle it? 

“The most typical hazards we see is people installing the EVSE on existing panels that don’t have the capacity to add the electrical vehicle supply equipment,” said Tremblay. “This could be potentially a cause for an electrical fire. You don’t want to overload these services.”

In order to avoid these hazards, LEC’s should keep in mind that electrical chargers actually run for long periods of time, and will, most likely, be the largest load in a customer’s house. 

“You really want to make sure that your electrical system is adequate in size and make sure the proper maintenance is done and the torquing and all that.” 

Listen to the full episode to hear Tremblay’s additional tips and hazard warnings to safely and securely install the in-demand charging stations. Grounded in Ontario is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Google Podcasts

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Vivi WhiteVivi White has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) by the Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

“As Chair, I am pleased that the Ontario Government recently appointed Vivi White to the Board,” said Annette Bergeron. “The Electrical Safety Authority’s efforts over the years have greatly improved the safety of the people of Ontario. It’s an important mandate and requires a strong, talented and diverse board as we transform into a modern regulator.”

 

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Omnicable joins ETIMETIM North America announced that OmniCable has joined the product classification standards organization. Headquartered in West Chester, PA, OmniCable has 24 locations throughout North America, and also owns Houston Wire & Cable (HWC). The company partners with many electrical manufacturers and only sells to distributors.

According to John Dean, Director of Marketing & E-Commerce, OmniCable/HWC, “The wire and cable industry is often called commodities, but there are very distinct features and attributes for the different products our manufacturers produce. 

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

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