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February 5, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII No. 3

626 Electrified Truck Parking Space Equipment

What's Wrong Here?

Code Q&A

Code Quiz

Report on Comments Coming Soon

Electric West 2009


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    Top 2008 Code Changes
    626 Electrified Truck Parking Space Equipment
    By Mike Holt
    A new Article was added to cover the electrical installation requirements for conductors and equipment that connect trucks and transport refrigerated units to electric power within an electrified parking space. This issue was driven by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has been pressing the transportation industry to reduce the idling of trucks at truck stops so as to reduce air pollution and the use of millions of gallons of fuel each year. The intent of this article is to provide an electrical standard for the transportation industry.

    The new Article covers the electrical conductors and equipment external to the truck or transport refrigerated unit that connect trucks and transport refrigerated units to a supply of electricity, and the installation of equipment and devices related to electrical installations within an electrified truck parking space.

    A truck parking space is a location with an electrical system that allows truckers to "plug in" their vehicles while stopped, and use off-board power sources in order to operate onboard systems such as air-conditioning, heating, and appliances, without any engine idling.

    An electrified truck parking space may also include dedicated parking areas for heavy-duty trucks at travel plazas, warehouses, shipper and consignee yards, depot facilities, border crossings, etc. It does not include areas such as the shoulders of on- and off-highway ramps and access roads, camping and recreational vehicle sites, residential and commercial parking areas used for automotive parking, or other areas where AC power is provided solely for the purpose of connecting automotive and other light electrical loads, such as engine block heaters and at private residences.

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    Code Challenge
    What's Wrong Here?
    By Joe Tedesco

    Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

    Visit EC&M's Web site to see the answer.

    Hint: What's missing? It's not the fuse.

    Code Q&A
    By Mike Holt
    Q. Does the code require GFCI-type receptacles anywhere, or can you use GFCI breakers for all required GFCI locations?

    Visit EC&M's Web site to see the answer.

    Code Quiz
    By Steven Owen
    Cables for use in Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 remote-control, signaling, and power-limited circuits shall have all but which of the following markings on the cables? Disregard any exception(s).

    1. The maximum rated voltage.
    2. The proper type letter or letters for the type of wire or cable as specified elsewhere in the Code.
    3. The manufacturer’s name, trademark, or other distinctive marking by which the organization responsible for the product can be readily identified.
    4. The AWG size or circular mil area.
    5. Cable assemblies, where the neutral conductor is smaller than the ungrounded conductors, shall be so marked.

    Visit EC&M's Web site for the answer and explanation.

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    Code News Update
    Report on Comments Coming Soon
    As noted in the January/February issue of NFPA News, the 2009 Annual Revision Cycle Report on Comments will be available for review on February 20. You can download a copy of the report from the NFPA Web site once it's posted. If you'd like to comment on any of the information you see in this report, you must submit a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion by April 3.

    Here are a few of the NFPA documents that should have reports appearing in this revision cycle.

    • NFPA 72-2007, National Fire Alarm Code
    • NFPA 110-2005, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
    • NFPA 111-2005, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems

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    • One- and Two-Family Dwelling Unit Electrical Systems
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    • Swimming Pools and Similar Installations (NEC Article 680)
    • Introduction to the 2009 NFPA 70E
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