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New Additions to the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection™ Assist Engineers with the Maintenance, Design and Safety Requirements of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

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IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced approval of four new standards in the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection™ for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (formerly IEEE Color Books®), which sets guidelines and establishes standards for virtually every aspect of power generation and distribution. As it applies to industrial and commercial power systems, the new standards were created to support power-oriented engineers responsible for electrical design and safety. The newly published standards are:

  • IEEE 3001.5™ “Recommended Practice for Application of Power Distribution Apparatus in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems,”
  • IEEE 3003.2™ “Recommended Practice for Equipment Grounding and Bonding in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems,”
  • IEEE 3004.5™ “Recommended Practice for the Application of Low-Voltage Circuit Breakers in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems” and
  • IEEE 3006.5™ “Recommended Practice for the Use of Probability Methods for Conducting a Reliability Analysis of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems”

The IEEE 3000 Standards Collection provides a fresh approach to power system design, installation, safety, operation and maintenance. Each topical area within the collection is made up of “dot” standards that focus on specific technical topics, making it easier for power engineers to find the most up-to-date best practices and solutions for virtually any power system venue or application.

The IEEE 3001.5 standard is intended to provide engineers with guidance on how to apply electrical component breakers and switches, and the equipment that contains and connects them, within the limitations established by approved codes and operational best practices.

“The IEEE 3001.5 standard continues in the spirit of recognized practices for power system design,” said Gary Fox, chair of the IEEE 3001™ Power Systems Design Working Group. “The topic of IEEE 3001.5 covers pretty much everything found between the utility meter and the load equipment that actually performs useful work. This standard deals with different kinds of switchgear equipment, including medium voltage types, which have voltage ratings as high as 35,000 volts, and low-voltage switchgear, which is rated below 1,000 volts. In addition, we cover panelboards, the transformers that transform the voltage from one level to another, and the cable systems and busway that connect everything together.”

As a recommended practice, IEEE 3003.2 provides professional engineers in the field of electricity the technical specifications in the grounding and bonding of equipment in industrial and commercial power systems, which includes minimizing electric shock hazard to personnel, providing adequate current carrying capability of protective conductors under ground fault conditions, and ensuring the timely operation of over-current protective devices as the protective measure against electric shock.

“IEEE 3003.2 standard could provide engineers with a better understanding of electrical safety concepts,” said Massimo Mitolo, chair of the IEEE 3003™ Power Systems Grounding Working Group. “Electrical safety isn’t just a list of prudent actions; it can be measured and designed. All the users of electrical safety, grounding design and bonding design are represented, in a way, in the IEEE 3003.2 standard.”

The recommended guidelines of IEEE 3004.5 are designed to give engineers designing or maintaining a low voltage industrial and/or a commercial power system the background and fundamental understanding of the system’s technical components. This updates the information previously published and supported by IEEE 1015™-2006 “Recommended Practice for Applying Low-Voltage Circuit Breakers Used in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems” (part of the original IEEE Blue Book Series), which assisted in selecting the proper circuit breaker for a particular application.

“The IEEE 3004.5 recommended practice is going to be a great resource for any engineer working on low voltage power systems,” said Ed Larsen, chair of the IEEE 3004.5 working group. “Low voltage circuit breakers get primarily used on the customer side of the meter, so I would imagine this standard would be great for engineers who are new to the industry. However, it could also be ideal for engineers who have been in the industry for a while and are looking more for updated recommended practices and requirements. But nonetheless, this standard can help engineers understand what the performance differences are so that they can make a proper choice in for their specific application.”

Also joining the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection, IEEE 3006.5 is a recommended practice—ideal for power-oriented engineers—that provides basic methodologies, definitions and concepts to conduct a reliability analysis of industrial and commercial power systems. The standard intends to help reach maximum efficiency by providing the simplified engineering foundation to make accurate calculations to achieve the best design and decrease the lifecycle costs of a industrial power system.

“Basically, IEEE 3006.5 is designed to provide reliability information to a non-reliability engineer. It intends to provide basic and medium concepts of the statistics that go into the analysis of a industrial power system,” said Robert Arno, chair of the IEEE 3006™ Power Systems Reliability Working Group. “The standards that we’re developing in the power systems reliability working group are all related, in a sense, that they help the engineer not only in the design process but also throughout the lifecycle of the equipment.”

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