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IEEE opens 2022 NESC preprint for public commentary

July 18, 2019 | By Peter Saunders

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July 18, 2019 – IEEE and its standards association have made the 2022 National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) preprint available for open public commentary. Stakeholders in the utility and telecommunications industries are encouraged to contribute their comments by Mar. 1, 2020.

The preprint contains more than 500 change proposals and subcommittee recommendations. Its release initiates an eight-month window for public commentary that will help shape final recommendations by NESC technical subcommittees.

“Soliciting the broadest range of input has proven fundamental to our efforts of staying abreast of emerging technologies and sharing the most comprehensive and useful electrical safety principles on a global scale,” says NESC chair Nelson Bingel.

While the NESC is published exclusively by IEEE as a voluntary standard in the U.S. and typically adopted into law at the federal and state levels, it has also become an authoritative reference in more than 100 other countries around the world.


Change proposals for 2022 include:
– a comprehensive revision of Section 14, Storage Batteries, to recognize new technologies, applications and their hazards.
– a new section covering focusing on photovoltaic (PV) generating stations.
– strength and loading rules addressing wind maps, ice maps, 60-foot exclusion, etc.

The initial 2022 recommendations will also be presented to the NESC community at a workshop on Oct. 2 to 3 in Kansas City, Miss. To purchase the preprint, visit the IEEE Standards Store.

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