Several proposals recommending improvements to the 2017 National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) were submitted to the IEEE subcommittees drafting the 2022 revision of the NESC. They are fairly technical and subtle in their implications for the advancement of safety and sustainability in campus power distribution systems. Since some of the proposals deal with coordination with the National Electrical Code — which is now in the middle of its own 2020 revision cycle — we will place a review of these proposals on the agenda of the “NEC Markup” online teleconference scheduled for August 28th, 11 AM. This work session will take place two days ahead of the deadline for comments on the 2017 National Electrical Code. Anyone is welcomed to click in to this teleconference with the login information linked below:
Keep in mind that that NESC is revised every 5 years at the moment. The next steps in the 2022 NESC development will span across most of the next 12 months as the various subcommittees meet a prepare written response to public input and release those responses no later than July 1, 2019. The complete schedule is linked below:
Comments are due March 1, 2020.
The subcommittee that coordinates standards action between the IEEE and NFPA suite of technical standards — IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 18 — will also be hosting worksessions in the coming months. While those work sessions are generally closed to the public, some of the concepts will be open for discussion during any of the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities online committee meetings which meets 4 times monthly in Europe and the Americas.
Posted July 12
With the balloting of the First Draft of the 2020 National Electrical Code (the NEC, 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 (te NESC, 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. Coupled with the NEC, the NESC sets the standard of care for all exterior campus power system design, construction and maintenance.
Public input is due July 16, 2018. All IEEE consensus documents are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconference — every Wednesday, 11:00 AM Eastern time. Click here to log in. The next teleconference of the E&H committee is scheduled for June 9th. 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: http://sites.ieee.org/icps-ehe/
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
*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 with respect to sustaining the business model of an accredited consensus standards developer.