Pending Code Change
Item for 2011 NEC
Calling All Code
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The designations "National Electrical Code" and "NEC" refer to the
National Electrical Code®, which is a registered
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Pending Code Change Item for 2011
As noted in the NEC Committee Report on
Proposals, 2010 Annual Revision Cycle, Code-Making Panel 17 has
voted to accept a Code change submitted by Ted "Smitty" Smith,
Electrical Experts Consulting (Log #3845 NEC-P02). The recommendation
calls for revising a portion of the text in Table 220.102 as follows:
Loads expected to operate simultaneously, but not less than 125
percent full-load current of the largest motor and not less than the
first 60 amperes of load.The greater of the following: All loads
that are expected to operate simultaneously, 125 percent of the full
load current of the largest motor, or the first 60 amperes of the
The remaining text and numbers in the Table will remain as is.
As noted in the substantiation summary, this new wording does not
change the intent of the requirement, but hopefully makes things a
little more clear for end-users. Smitty is an apprentice instructor who
teaches journeyman continuing education courses in Colorado. He says
existing wording of this rule causes confusion for his students.
You can download
an electronic version of the report via the NFPA Web site.
Although the comment period is now closed, the results of the
committee action on all submitted comments will be published in the
NEC Committee Report on Comments, which will be made available
all who request it. The Report on Comments mail date is
for March 29, 2010.
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Fill in the blank
When working with electrical systems, including multi-conductor cables,
identification of conductors is an important issue. For example, on a
new 480/277V, 3-phase, 4-wire system, the NEC requires you to identify
conductors by phase or line and system [210.5(C)]. It is common
to identify these ungrounded conductors with an outer finish (i.e.,
insulation color) that is: brown, orange, and yellow; gray for the
grounded conductor; and green, green with one or more yellow stripes,
bare for the equipment grounding conductor. But when working on
electrical systems, such as 480/277V, 3-phase, 4-wire systems, you
should take care because the color __________ may have been used for an
ungrounded conductor. Hint: See the Fine Print Note.
- white with one or more colored stripes, other than green
- black with three distinctive white stripes on its entire length
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Code News Update
Calling All Code Writers
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justification. It's important that you draft your proposal in a clear
and simple manner and back it up with technical justification. You must
convince the Code committee members that your change makes sense for
You can download
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