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Emergency and Standby Power Systems

IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 18 is tasked by IEEE to harmonize NFPA standards (informed by a fire safety culture) and IEEE standards (informed by an electrical engineering culture). NFPA standards, because they are supported by incumbent stakeholder revenue stream are dominant in this space; compared with IEEE standards which are nearly a pure "user-interest" stakeholder. It is essential that the gap between the two cultures be as narrow as possible.*

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Emergency and Standby Power Systems

December 1, 2018
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The 2019 edition of  NFPA 110 Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems and related document NFPA 111 Stored Electrical Energy for Emergency and Standby Power Systems was been released for use by regulating agencies earlier this fall.   Some states incorporate it by reference “automatically” when the National Electrical Code becomes public safety law.

Common mode failures for this classification of power system — when they are designed according to the NEC and IEEE standards — are statistically associated with inspection, testing and maintenance.   A cutsheet summarizing the standard of care is linked below:

ITM of Emergency Power Systems

We collaborate with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee on electrotechnology consensus documents that contribute to the safety, sustainability and #TotalCostofOwnership goals of the education industry.  This committee meets online 4 times monthly in Europe and the Americas.   The next online teleconference is scheduled for December 4th.

Issue: [16-25]

Category: Electrical, Facility Asset Management

Contact: Mike Anthony, Robert Arno, Neal Dowling, Jim Harvey

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Posted September 1, 2019

The 2019 edition of  NFPA 110 Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems and related document NFPA 111 Stored Electrical Energy for Emergency and Standby Power Systems will be released for use by regulating agencies any day now.  There is a Tentative Interim Amendment regarding emergency fuel testing that is now open for public review:

NFPA 110-Proposed 2019 Edition Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems | TIA Log No.: 1388

Comments on the TIA are due September 20th.

Many college and universities have hundreds of free-standing emergency generators which use diesel fuel so this TIA may be of interest to personnel who are charged with budgeting, operating and maintaining emergency generators.  These experts are welcomed to “click in” any day at 11 AM to formulate a response to the TIA.   In any case, we will refer this commenting opportunity to the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee (E&H) maintains a database of campus power outages and meets online 4 times per month.

One of the standing study questions on the technical agenda of the E&H Committee is the following:

Given that the size of many campus power systems is larger than many municipal and cooperative power grids, how much of the technical discipline in IEEE 1366 – Guide for Electric Power Distribution Reliability Indices — which is incorporated by reference into many state utility regulations — be conveyed into the planning, design operation and maintenance of campus power systems?  Should it, or should it not be?  Given that losses on large campus power distribution systems run on the order of $100,000 to $1,000,000 per minute, can parts of IEEE 1366 be or should another IEEE standard be developed?

 

Issue: [Various]

Category: Electrical, Facility Asset Management

Contact: Mike Anthony, Robert Arno, Neal Dowling, Jim Harvey

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Posted May 5, 2018

We are now reviewing public input for the 2019 revision to NFPA 110 Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems and related document NFPA 111 Stored Electrical Energy for Emergency and Standby Power Systems through various Task Groups set up by the NFPA ahead of its Annual Meeting in June 2018 in Las Vegas.  These documents are generally developed together by most of the same committee members.

In previous public input, we have advanced the following concepts:

• Identify the concept of “ingress illumination” which would provide an illuminated ingress path for first responders traveling toward a hazard or accident

•  Clarify that in district energy systems — common in large research university campuses — that a utility source of power that is identified as independent by the Authority Having Jurisdiction — may be used to supply power to emergency and standby systems supplying illumination, fire pumps, critical operations power systems and the like.  The use of utility source of power for such use is already permitted; we only recommended wordsmithing the paragraph in Section A.5.1.3 for additional clarity.

Both public inputs were rejected in the 2016 revision (NFPA 110 2016 Public Input Issue 13-12).  Although we missed the leading edge of the 2019 revision cycle for NFPA 110 and NFPA 111, we intend to continue advocating for these concepts — and other concepts essential for the power reliability of the emergent #SmartCampus —  in other related NFPA documents and in the IEEE suite of consensus standards for electrical power systems.

The conceptual framework for how fire safety documents (developed by the NFPA) and electrical power engineering documents (developed by the IEEE) is on the standing agenda of the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee (IEEE E&H) which meets online 4 times monthly.   Anyone is welcomed to join these teleconferences to prepare original public input or to comment upon the public input of others with the login information available on the top menu tab of the IEEE E&H website.

 

December 4th Teleconference

 

Contact:  Jim Harvey (jharvey@ieee.org), Mike Anthony (maanthony@ieee.org),  Robert Arno,  Christel Hunter (chunter@cerrowire.com)

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