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The History and Future of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

The History and Future of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

An article dedicated to electric vehicle charging requirements was added to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) in its 1996 edition. This would lead some to believe the 1990s was the origin of the electric vehicle industry, but the electric vehicle dates back to the mid-1800s and was one of the first markets for the electric motor, storage battery, and distribution equipment manufacturers. Between 1834 and 1896, small-scale production of electric vehicles helped develop public interest in Read more […]

‘Tis the Season to Change the Codes

‘Tis the Season to Change the Codes

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA   The 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC) has been published, seminars have been held to discuss the changes, and regulatory agencies have begun their work reviewing these changes and promulgating adoption of the 2017 NEC. Connecticut and New York recently adopted the 2014 NEC. Regulatory agencies are ready to start the review of the 2015 International Read more […]

Northeast Prepares for 2017 National Electrical Code

Northeast Prepares for 2017 National Electrical Code

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA While participating in the 2016 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Meeting in Las Vegas last month, I imagined similar discussions occurring elsewhere. NEMA field representatives build relationships with code committees and code councils in every state. The information we receive from the NFPA Technical Meeting is just one tool we have to Read more […]

Smart Grid Manual Standardizes Interoperability

Smart Grid Manual Standardizes Interoperability

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Khaled Masri, Program Manager, NEMA | Cuong Nguyen, Lead, Smart Grid Testing and Certification, NIST ANSI/NEMA SG-IPRM 1-2016 Smart Grid Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM) was developed and refined over the past six years by the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee (SGTCC) of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). NEMA’s Distribution Automation Section sponsored its development Read more […]

Electricity Metering Code Still Cutting Edge after Nearly 100 Years

Electricity Metering Code Still Cutting Edge after Nearly 100 Years

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Gordon Belcher, Chair, ANSI C12 SC1 Subcommittee Paul Orr, Program Manager, NEMA The history of ANSI C12.1 American National Standard for Electric Meters—Code for Electricity Metering parallels that of NEMA, its secretariat. Electrical metering standards were first developed in the U.S. by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C12 Committee in 1910, the same year that Read more […]

Code Adoption Progresses in the South

Code Adoption Progresses in the South

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Bryan P. Holland, Southern Region Field Representative, NEMA Several states in the southern region have completed the code update process, while others have just begun the development cycle. Following is a brief look at the code adoption progress in select states. Completed States North Carolina: The 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC) went into effect on April 1, 2016. Read more […]

National Electrical Safety Month: Achieving Safety through Design

National Electrical Safety Month: Achieving Safety through Design

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Brett Brenner, President of the Electrical Safety Foundation International May is National Electrical Safety Month, and, while electrical safety should be a yearlong priority, it is important to have a month devoted to spotlighting safe electrical practices that should be commonplace at home and on the job. I recently attended the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Read more […]

Code Adoption Remains Active in West Coast Region

Code Adoption Remains Active in West Coast Region

By Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA Alaska, California, Hawaii, Utah, and Washington currently have code adoption activity taking place. The busiest state is California. California On December 16, 2015, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) voted to adopt the 2016 edition of the California building, fire, and existing building codes. On January 19–20, 2016, the CBSC was scheduled to have voted on the rest of the International Code Council (ICC) codes (I-codes), Read more […]