The Impact of Electric Vehicles on the Electrical Testing Industry

Eric Beckman, National Field Services, NETA President Columns, Fall 2022 Columns, President's Desk

Hopefully, everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer. I know I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures as it’s been a very hot summer across the South. As the world starts to adapt and the production and use of electric vehicles increases, the impact on the electrical infrastructure is drastic. Charging stations, load demand, and power-grid impact and maintenance requirements are …

A Safety Reminder

Eric Beckman, National Field Services, NETA President Columns, President's Desk, Summer 2022 Columns

Summer is in full swing across the country, and I want to take some time to focus on safety. You’ll find many of our articles in this edition of NETA World revolve around some aspect of safety. Our cover story continues the discussion of the 2018 changes to the arc flash calculation process in IEEE 1584. (Editor’s note: Catch up …

Arc-Flash Hazard and Mitigation

Eric Beckman, National Field Services, NETA President Columns, President's Desk, Spring 2022 Columns

First, welcome to Denver and PowerTest 2022. It certainly is nice to be back to an in-person event! This year also happens to be NETA’s 50th anniversary. Be sure to watch out for special events celebrating this anniversary. You won’t want to miss them. There has been so much development in the area of arc-flash hazard awareness and mitigation in …

NERC and NETA

Eric Beckman, National Field Services, NETA President President's Desk, Columns, Winter 2021 Columns

NETA has been setting standards that pave the way for the minimum requirements to ensure an electrical system operates reliably and safely since 1972. As a result of several widespread blackouts compromising the electric grid, the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC)was appointed in 2006 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to develop various standards to aid in the …

Always Remember: Your Work Is Essential

Eric Beckman, National Field Services, NETA President Columns, Fall 2021 Columns, President's Desk

I want to start by thanking all NETA members and Board members for their support and trust to help lead the organization as I step into my term as President. It truly is an honor to be part of such a first-class organization that’s so well-respected all across the world and to be able to represent and lead it is …

COVID-19 and the Birth of PowerTest TV

Scott A. Blizard President's Desk, Columns, Summer 2021 Columns

In this issue of NETA World, we focus on medium-voltage circuit breaker test methods and the analysis of the resulting test data from those methods. Be sure to check out “Power Factoring Medium-Voltage Breakers” by Rick Youngblood of Electrical Maintenance & Testing and “The Why of Medium-Voltage Circuit Breaker Testing” by Paul Grein of Group CBS Testing for a good …

PowerTest 2021 — An All-New Virtual Experience

Scott A. Blizard President's Desk, Columns, Spring 2021 Columns

It is January 20, 2021, and the country is in the midst of a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus. The Conference Committee, in consultation with the NETA Board of Directors, has decided  to go totally virtual with PowerTest 2021,  the premier electrical maintenance and safety conference intended for all electrical professionals and especially beneficial for field service technicians, inspectors, utility …

Welcome to the Winter Edition

Scott A. Blizard President's Desk, Columns, Winter 2020 Columns

This edition of NETA World features articles on electrical power system protection. Protection schemes covering feeder, generation, transmission, and transformers may have many similarities, but they often contain specific functions or schemes unique to that type of equipment.  Be sure you check out this edition’s four feature articles: “Challenges in Transformer Protection Testing,” by Scott Cooper of OMICRON electronics “Testing …

Medium-Voltage Cables

Scott A. Blizard Columns, Fall 2020 Columns, President's Desk

Welcome to the fall edition of NETA World. In this issue, our authors cover the various methods for performing testing on medium-voltage cables. I recommend you start with the article by Tom Sandri of Shermco Industries, which lays out the current test methods for acceptance and maintenance testing of medium-voltage cables. Next, dive into the articles on specific testing methods …

Fight COVID-19 with PPE

Scott A. Blizard Columns, President's Desk, Summer 2020 Columns

It was great seeing everyone at PowerTest 2020 in Chicago! On behalf of the NETA Board of Directors, we thank our sponsors, Corporate Alliance Partners, and trade show vendors, and applaud the hard work and dedication of the NETA Staff who help make PowerTest successful. In this NETA World, we look at NFPA 70E‐2018 requirements for labeling electrical equipment for …