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IEEE C2 | 2020 National Electrical Safety Code

Campus power system safety is governed by both the NEC and the NESC.


IEEE C2 | 2020 National Electrical Safety Code

May 21, 2018
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With the balloting of the First Draft of the 2020 National Electrical Code (a consensus document developed by the National Fire Protection Association) now completed, we turn our attention to the 2022 revision of the National Electrical Safety Code (a consensus document developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers).*   We collaborate with the IEEE SCC-18 and the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee in developing safety and sustainability concepts unique to educational facilities — particularly the campuses of large research universities where the power systems are on the order of 25 to 250 connected MVA.    Power systems this large are unregulated by public service commissions because they are considered premises wiring by the NEC and considered to be on the customer side of the point of common coupling by investor-owned utilities who are.

Public input is due July 16, 2018.  It is not too soon to begin formulating new concepts as well as revisiting concepts that were previously rejected; noteworthy among them recommendations for grounding, renewable energy sources, and shortening the revision cycle  that were rejected as outside the scope of the National Electrical Code in previous revisions. (Link to IEEE-SA 2022 Code Change Developmental Workshop)

During the previous NESC revision cycle the original University of Michigan regulatory advocacy enterprise submitted comments to the NESC Executive Committee.  Those comments are linked below; with the Executive Committee responses:

2017 NESC Committee Response Received

Even though our comments were necessarily limited to concepts in the First Public Review Draft, and could only be directed at the 2022 revision of the NESC, it seems that the NESC Executive Committee takes seriously our recommendations about the NESC not moving fast-enough to front run the #SmartCampus zietgeist.   Our claim, and it is one that is shared by others on the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee (IEEE E&H)  is that a five-year revision cycle is not optimal.   Other regulatory product developers — such as the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers and the Telecommunications Industry Association — are meeting market demand for electrotechnology consensus documents faster than the IEEE.

The NESC is a standing item on the agenda of the bi-weekly teleconferences of the  IEEE E&H; which will meet again face-to-face at the Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada in early May.   The launch of an IEEE Recommended Practice for Campus Power System Safety and Sustainabilty — to add to the IEEE IAS 3000-series collection — has been conceptually cleared but contingent upon the completion of other 3000-series recommended practices.  This consensus document will set the standard of care for the US education facilities industry at a time when #SmartCampus concepts are gathering pace.

The next teleconference of the E&H committee is scheduled for May 8th from the 2018 I&CPS Conference (Niagara Falls, Canada) during which time we will likely discuss safety, sustainability and administrative issues that have emerged since the 2017 edition.  We will, for example, have to convene a breakout teleconference for overhead and underground lighting system wiring on large campuses.  There are other concepts that we will need to coordinate with SCC-18.

Anyone is welcomed to join either of the two teleconferences hosted bi-weekly during the business day of Europe (15:00 – 15:30) and the Americas (3:00 – 3:30 PM EDT) with the login information on the IEEE E&H website:

Issue: [16-67]

Contact: Mike Anthony, Robert G. Arno, Lorne Clark, Nehad El-Sharif, Jim Harvey, Kane Howard, Joe Weber, Guiseppe Parise, Jim Murphy

Category: Electrical, Energy Conservation & Management, Occupational Safety

University of California Berkeley


*The NFPA is an organization with fire safety as a primary consideration.  The IEEE is an organization with the safety and sustainability of electrotechnology as a primary consideration.  These are two different complementary but oftentimes competing cultures.

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