The distribution of electrical power incorporates a wide range of systems and devices for transporting electricity through the grid to the user. Standardization can assure reliability in the performance of this equipment and any associated practices, and a multitude of relevant standards have been published. The ANSI/NEMA/ICEA Cable Standards Set comprises these documents.
As stated by Richard Beggs, Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA) Secretary, these standards cover “power and utility products and, to a lesser extent, telecommunication products.” As such, they are applicable for use by the utility, as well as others involved with energy distribution and the electrical grid.
Specifically, among the range of topics detailed by these standards, they address shielded and non-shielded power cables for the transmission and distribution of electric energy, as well as LAN communication wiring systems. The testing procedures specified throughout the standards of the ANSI/NEMA/ICEA Cable Standards Set prepare the cables for their intended usage.
The standard documents within the ANSI/NEMA/ICEA Cable Standards Set include:
ANSI/NEMA WC 51 ICEA P-54-440-2009 (R2019) – Ampacities of Cables Installed in Cable Trays
ANSI/NEMA WC 53/ICEA T-27-581-2020 – Standard Test Methods for Extruded Dielectric Power, Control, Instrumentation, and Portable Cables for Test
ANSI/NEMA WC 54/ICEA T-26-465-2013 – Guide for Frequency of Sampling Extruded Dielectric Power, Control, Instrumentation, and Portable Cables for Test
ANSI/NEMA WC 57-2014/ICEA S-73-532-2021 – Standard for Control – Thermocouple Extension, and Instrumentation Cables
ANSI/NEMA WC 66/ICEA S-116-732-2019 – Standard for Category 6 and 6A, 100 Ohm, Individually Unshielded Twisted Pairs, Indoor Cables (With Or Without An Overall Shield) For Use In LAN Communication Wiring Systems
ANSI/NEMA WC 70/ICEA S-95-658-2021 – Power Cables Rated 2000 Volts or Less for the Distribution of Electrical Energy
ANSI/NEMA WC 71/ICEA S-96-659-2014 – Nonshielded Cables Rated 2001-5000 V for Use in the Distribution of Electric Energy
ANSI/NEMA WC 74/ICEA S-93-639-2022 – 5-46kV Shielded Power Cable for Use in the Transmission and Distribution of Electric Energy
The ANSI/NEMA/ICEA Cable Standards Set is available on the ANSI Webstore.