Committee Report: NFPA 70B

David Huffman, Power Systems Testing CompanyFall 2021 Specifications & Standards, Specifications & Standards

The new NFPA 70B,  Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance closed its First Draft balloting on June 11, 2021, at 11:59 PM EDT. Much work has been done — and will continue to be done — by the committee members.  This has been a huge re-write with chapters added, moved, renamed, and completely revamped. Material that was anything but a …

Committee Report: CSA Z462 and CSA Z463

Kerry Heid, Shermco IndustriesFall 2021 Specifications & Standards, Specifications & Standards

NETA supports two main CSA standards in Canada: CSA Z462, Workplace Electrical Safety and CSA Z463, Maintenance of Electrical Systems. Both of these standards are entering a new  revision phase. TWO NEW TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CHAIRS CSA Z462 is now chaired by Daniel Roberts. Daniel is well-known in electrical safety circles as an expert in electrical shock and arc flash exposure mitigation as …

ANSI/NETA Standards Update

NETA World StaffSummer 2021 Specifications & Standards, Specifications & Standards

ANSI/NETA ETT–2018 REVISION SCHEDULED FOR 2021  A project intent notification has been published in ANSI’s Standards Action. The initial ballot is expected in summer 2021. A second ballot is scheduled for issue in fall 2021. The revised edition of ANSI/NETA ATS is scheduled to debut at PowerTest 2022. ANSI/NETA ETT establishes minimum requirements for qualifications, certification, training, and experience for …

National Electrical Code Development Goes Virtual

Jesse RomanSpecifications & Standards, Summer 2021 Specifications & Standards

The coronavirus pandemic sparked a host of innovations in the NFPA codes and standards development process. For two weeks in October 2018, several hundred experts from across the electrical industry gathered at a hotel in San Diego to complete the second draft of the 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code®. For more than eight hours a day, the hotel’s large …

ANSI/NETA Standards Update

NETA World StaffSpecifications & Standards, Spring 2021 Specifications & Standards

ANSI/NETA ATS–2021 Revision Completed ANSI/NETA ATS–2021, Standard for Acceptance Testing Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment & Systems has completed an American National Standard revision process. ANSI administrative approval was granted September 18, 2020. The new edition is scheduled to be released in March 2021. This edition will supersede the 2017 edition. New content for the ANSI/NETA ATS-2021 includes: Arc Energy …

Committee Reports: NEC CMP-13, NFPA 70B, ASTM F18, NFPA 70E

James R. White, Shermco IndustriesSpecifications & Standards, Spring 2021 Specifications & Standards

NEC CMP-13 NEC CMP-13 covers Articles 700 Emergency Systems, 701 Legally Required Standby Systems, 702 Optional Standby Systems and 708 Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS). The Task Group’s sessions on October 22-21 ran five hours due to the high workload. Earlier, the Correlating Committee asked Jim Dollard (CMP-13 Vice Chair) to develop a “Safety by Design” annex with a Task …

Committee Report: NFPA 70 Code Making Panel 10

Scott Blizard, American Electrical Testing Company LLCSpecifications & Standards, Spring 2021 Specifications & Standards

CMP-10 is a very well-organized and knowledgeable panel, with representation from many organizations including IAIE, IEC, IEEE, IBEW, EEI, ACC, NETA, UL, NEMA, and NECA. This diverse group brings various points of view to the code-making process. For the 2023 cycle, Nathan Philips has been appointed chair of CMP-10. This will be Nathan’s first code cycle (2023) as chair. Nathan …

Committee Report: IEEE Transformers

Scott Reed, MVASpecifications & Standards, Spring 2021 Specifications & Standards

The IEEE Transformer Committee was forced to cancel the 2020 spring meeting due to the global pandemic but was able to conduct the fall meeting virtually. Within the Insulating Fluids Subcommittee, a new task force was formed for C57.104, IEEE Guide for The Interpretation of Gases Generated in Oil-Immersed Transformers (DGA). The task force will study how to improve the …

Committee Report: NFPA 70B

David Huffman, Power Systems Testing CompanySpecifications & Standards, Spring 2021 Specifications & Standards

The NFPA 70B Committee resumed bi-weekly meetings via video calls on January 8, 2021, to continue work on rewriting 70B as a standard, after just over a month break. The committee is currently working on various items that either need review or need better placement in the document.  The first draft meeting will be held in the next few months, depending …

ANSI/NETA Standards Update

NETA World StaffSpecifications & Standards, Winter 2020 Specifications & Standards

ANSI/NETA ATS–2017 Revision Underway ANSI/NETA ATS–2017, Standard for Acceptance Testing Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment & Systems continues an American National Standard revision process that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020. The new edition will be released in March 2021. A project intent notification published in ANSI’s Standards Action on January 3, 2020, announced the opening …