The new 2011 Edition of the National Electrical Code, NFPA-70, is scheduled for public release 10/10/2010. It is the source for safe installation of wiring and equipment. The code, commonly called the NEC, is widely cited in state (all 50!) and local laws and is considered the de facto standard for electricity. It covers electrical requirements for buildings and other public and private structures, such as mobile homes, RV’s and parking garages. It also covers the installation of conductors and equipment that connect to electricity supplies.
NFPA revises the document every 3 years. The 2011 NEC is the current edition (effective date August 25, 2010). However, it will be available for public distribution in early October. It is a step in moving towards greener technologies, by providing rules and regulations to keeping alternative energy sources safe. It even includes requirements for charging connections for plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Here is an abbreviated Table of Contents of the new Code:
Chapter 1 General
Chapter 2 Wiring and Protection
Chapter 3 Wiring Methods and Materials (with article 399, incorporating requirements for overhead distribution systems for large electrical system users – over 600 volts, such as school or business campus settings)
Chapter 4 Equipment for General Use
Chapter 5 Special Occupancies
Chapter 6 Special Equipment (includes: 625 with updates for safe battery charging for plug-in hybrid vehicles that reduce the risk of explosion and 694 for small wind electric systems – first time addressed)
Chapter 7 Special Conditions (includes 705 which covers interconnecting generators, windmills, and solar and fuel cells with other power supplies)
Chapter 8 Communications Systems (includes 840 for the increased demand for broadband communications systems with requirements for wireless, routers, and wireless disconnects)
Chapter 9 Tables
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