News & Updates
October 24, 2013 - IEEE announced the IEEE Wireless Power and Charging Systems Working Group (WPCS-WG). It follows the creation of the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), established as an IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections program in 2012 to advance smart and energy-efficient wireless power.
October 24, 2013 - The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) says the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has invited it to sit on CSA’s Technical Committee on Electrical System Maintenance. CSA’s invitation comes after CSA’s decision last year to reference PEARL’s electrical reconditioning standards in the first edition of CSA’s Z463 “Electrical Maintenance Guidelines”, says PEARL.
October 4, 2013 - The Entertainment Electrical Safety Committee of Ontario (EESCO) is committed to developing and maintaining safe electrical standards and working practices for the entertainment industry, and it has recently published a bulletin “Why You Don’t Use Welding Cable (In The Entertainment Industry)”.
September 16, 2013 - Thanks to Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) for sending us the Order-in-Council that amends the Electrical Code Regulation to adopt the 2012 Canadian Electrical Code, 22nd edition; the 2012 Code for Electrical Installations for Oil and Gas, 4th edition; and the 2013 Alberta Electrical Utility Code, 4th edition.
September 26, 2013 - CSA has published SPE-900 “Solar photovoltaic rooftop-installation best practices guideline” to address, it says, a need in the Canadian marketplace for guidance on solar PV rooftop installations, as PV modules are not currently addressed in many of the building codes.
September 18, 2013 - The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) is celebrating today, as it has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an Accredited Standards Developer.
September 9, 2013 - A new ISO (International Standards Organization) standard on the design and installation of fire detection and alarm systems aims to help save lives and protect property and the environment.
July 30, 2013 - IEEE announced approval of four new standards in the 3000 Standards Collection for Industrial & Commercial Power Systems (formerly IEEE Color Books), which sets guidelines and establishes standards for power generation and distribution. These standards, says IEEE, were developed to support more efficient and safe installation, usage and maintenance of a variety of power systems equipment:• IEEE 3001.8 “Recommended Practice for the Instrumentation and Metering of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems”.• IEEE 3004.1 “Recommended Practice for the Application of Instrument Transformers in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems”.• IEEE 3006.7 “Recommended Practice for Determining the Reliability of 7×24 Continuous Power Systems in Industrial and Commercial Facilities”.• IEEE 3006.9 “Recommended Practice for Collecting Data for Use in Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Assessments of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems”.
July 11, 2013 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in the U.S. says it has received approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for ANSI/NEMA SG-IC 1-2013 “Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines”. The SG-IC 1 standard, NEMA explains, describes the roles and responsibilities for each of the four main participants in the testing scheme for interoperability and security among smart grid products. Smart grid players can now validate the interoperability and security of individual grid elements on a consistent, industry-wide basis, says NEMA, adding that SG-IC 1 implementation promotes the major points that define the smart grid adoption process: testing and certification; governance; harmonization; and backward compatibility. NEMA says SG-IC 1 will be available for purchase soon on its website. For more information, email NEMA smart grid industry director Steve Griffith or call (703) 841-3297.
July 5, 2013 -  EBMag has learned that Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has identified “an inconsistency” between the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Distribution System Code (DSC) and the Ontario Electrical Safety Code with respect to generation facilities.
April 10, 2013 - BICSI—an association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry—recently released its newest standard, ANSI/BICSI 004-2012, “Information Technology Systems Design and Implementation Best Practices for Healthcare Institutions and Facilities”. With industry initiatives such as electronic health records and enhanced security—coupled with the convergence of clinical and information technology—BICSI says the need to build, upgrade or replace the built electronic infrastructure has become a critical issue with healthcare. Written for a variety of facilities, BICSI 004-2012 covers not only common telecom and IT infrastructure concerns, but specific healthcare systems, such as nurse call, interactive television/hospitality systems and connected medical imaging.
October 5, 2012 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published "NEMA AB 3 Molded Case Circuit Breakers and Their Application", which covers molded case circuit breakers and molded case switches, single-pole and multi-pole, fused and unfused, and their accessories. These circuit breakers and switches are assembled as integral units in supporting housings of insulating material and have rated voltages up to and including 1000V, 50/60Hz, ac or ac/dc, and have rated interrupting current ratings of 5000A or more. Updates to this publication include the addition of photovoltaic (PV) circuit breakers, National Electrical Code (NEC) references, and diagrams.NEMA
September 5, 2012 - IEEE today announced approval of 802.3-2012 “Standard for ethernet”, which defines wired connectivity for ethernet local area, access and metropolitan area networks.
August 21, 2012 - Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global “safety science company”, has expanded its capabilities for IECEE CB Scheme Testing in North America. As an approved certified body test laboratory (CBTL) for the IEC’s Lighting and Luminaires (LITE) category, UL’s Research Triangle Park (RTP) facility is among four labs worldwide that offer one set of tests, providing manufacturers with market access to all countries who participate in the IECEE’s CB Scheme. As part of an international program for exchange and acceptance of product safety test results among participating laboratories and certification organizations around the world, the CBTL designation allows manufacturers a simplified way of obtaining multiple national safety certifications for their products. UL’s RTP facility is qualified to provide lighting certifications for UL and cUL marks, photobiological and EMC testing and now IEC CB certification.
June 20, 2012 - IEEE launched the 3000 Standards Collection for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems, which sets guidelines and establishes standards, says IEEE, “for virtually every aspect of the power generation process”. The new collection will update and eventually replace the IEEE Color Books and make it easier, insists IEEE, for power engineers to find the most up-to-date best practices and solutions for virtually any power system venue or application. The IEEE 3000 Standards Collection splits up the 13 Color Books into smaller, more narrowly focused technical standards, says IEEE. Each standard within the collection is made up of a large number of ‘dot’ standards (about 70) that focus on a specific technical topic. Because these standards will be shorter and more narrowly focused, the revision, balloting and approval process will be more timely and efficient than in the past, says IEEE.

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