> THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL SAFETY
Code (NESC) Main Committee is well
into the revision process for the 2017
edition, due to be published Aug. 1, 2016.
However, there is a difference this
time. Beyond looking short-term at
some changes for the next revision, the
committee is looking further into the
future—in fact, 100 years down the road.
In late April, the IEEE Standards
Association, of which the NESC is a part,
hosted the inaugural NESC Summit in
Alexandria, Va., to celebrate the first
century of the NESC (initially published in
1915) and plan for the coming one.
In his opening remarks at the summit,
Mike Hyland, chair of the NESC, stated,
“We come together to look forward to the
next 100 years of the NESC, and discuss
how the NESC can address future needs
of the industries that it serves, from both
a technical and procedural perspective.”
The summit then launched into
dialogue and presentations, focusing on
resiliency, safety, reliability, installation,
operation and maintenance.
The summit document noted:
“The purpose of the NESC is the
practical safeguarding of persons,
utility facilities, and affected property
during the installation, operation,
and maintenance of electrical supply
and communication facilities, under
As for the 2017 edition, May 1 was the
final date to submit comments on change
proposals. The NESC subcommittees
will reconsider all comments and
recommendations and prepare a final
report in September and October.
On Jan. 15, 2016, the proposed
revision will be submitted to the NESC
Committee for letter ballot and to the
American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) for concurrent public review. On
May 15, 2016, the approved revisions will
be submitted to ANSI for recognition as
an ANSI standard.
Users can purchase the “Preprint
Proposals for the 2017 Edition of the
National Electrical Safety Code” at www.
And, of course, the industry will
actively seek input from interested parties
on what the NESC will look like even
beyond the 2017 edition.
> WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC OPINION, nuclear power
has run the gamut from a promising new source of plentiful
electricity to a nightmarish, sci-fi-like technology that should be
shunned, lest the entire planet suffer a meltdown.
Now, the industry has apparently recovered from such
memorable, recent accidents as Three Mile Island, Chernobyl
and Fukushima, and achieved general, widespread acceptance.
Conducted earlier this year by Bisconti Research Inc.
and Quest Global Research on behalf of the Nuclear Energy
Institute, a new survey shows popular opinion is strongly in
favor of nuclear power.
According to the survey, more than two-thirds of Americans
favor nuclear power. Specifically, 68 percent of the respondents
“favor the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide
electricity in the United States.”
The numbers are definitely trending upward. Only half of
the respondents viewed nuclear power favorably 30 years ago
when the institute first began tracking public opinion, and 63
percent gave a favorable response on the same survey in 2014.
Sentiment varies by region, with slightly higher favorable
ratings in the Midwest ( 76 percent) and South ( 71 percent),
Most respondents seem to be realistic about the part that
nuclear power will play in the nation’s energy mix. According
to the survey, 78 percent believe nuclear energy will play an
important role in meeting the nation’s electricity needs.
They also seem to believe that all energy-generating options
must be left on the table. According to the survey, 96 percent of
On the subject of safety, most respondents seem to be
assured that nuclear power plants operate safely. According
to the survey, 79 percent agree that American nuclear power
plants “are safe and secure.” That is up from 70 percent last year
and 35 percent in 1984.
According to Ann Bisconti, president of the research firm,
“The 30-year trend on nuclear plant safety is remarkable.”
The NESC: Next Year and 100 Years From Now
NEWS IN THE WORLD OF POWER AND INTEGRATED BUILDING SYSTEMS
Public Response to Nuclear Power Is Glowing