New Electrical Power Standards Collection Replaces Books of Many Colors

IEEE’s Color Books have been revamped

19 October 2012

Kids have the popular children series Little Golden Books. Car dealers have the Kelley Blue Book for new and used car prices. And for decades power engineers, electrical inspectors, and utility contractors have had IEEE Color Books as their industry’s standards to help them zero in on recommended practices in virtually every area of industrial and commercial power systems.

But with the smart grid and new utility regulations speeding the pace of change in the power industry, those working in the field need better guides that not only reflect the latest technologies, but also are more compact and easier to use. That’s why the IEEE Standards Association recently launched the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection, which will eventually replace the Color Books and will contain the most up-to-date best practices and solutions for virtually any power system venue or application.

Over the years as the scope and content volume of the IEEE Color Books has grown, it has become increasingly difficult to update and revise them fast enough to keep pace with rapidly evolving technologies.

The collection’s working groups have eliminated redundant information among the topics, and the process for reviewing and editing the standards is now more efficient, leading to faster updates than was possible with the Color Books.

The collection is organized into eight technical topics that will be comprised of approximately 70 more narrowly focused “dot” standards (numbered .1, .2, .3 and so on). Users will be able to locate and access any dot standard online, giving power engineers the ability to more quickly zero in on the information they need.

The collection covers the fundamentals (IEEE 3000 standards), design (IEEE 3001 standards), analysis (IEEE 3002 standards), grounding (IEEE 3003 standards), protection and coordination (IEEE 3004 standards), emergency and standby power (IEEE 3005 Standards), and reliability (IEEE 3006 standards).

The first to be released, in June, was “IEEE 3007 Standards: Power Systems Maintenance, Operations, and Safety,” which comprises IEEE 3007.1, IEEE 3007.2, and IEEE 3007.3. Covering power plant maintenance, operations, and safety, the IEEE 3007.1 standard is organized into three broad categories: documentation; system operation; and control responsibilities, including switching and clearing. The IEEE 3007.2 standard covers the fundamentals of equipment maintenance, including maintenance strategies and testing methods. IEEE 3007.3 standard addresses all aspects of electrical safety in industrial and commercial power systems and provides clear guidelines aimed at promoting the understanding of the fundamental concepts of electricity hazards.

Sections of the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection will be released over the next several years. It will include an introductory standard (IEEE 3000 Standard: Fundamentals), which will provide a framework for all subsequent dot standards. The collection also will offer a generalized overview of power system design, installation, operation, and maintenance, with references to the dot standards that provide more detailed information on specific applications and environments.

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