Critical Power: Standby versus emergency power systems

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
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Standby and emergency power systems provide power to ensure that life safety systems and critical equipment can operate during a power outage. However, any type of generator that supplies backup power is labeled inaccurately as an emergency generator. The National Electrical Code (NEC) defines the categories that apply to generator power sources as emergency, legally required standby, optional standby, and critical operations power systems (COPS) systems.

The differences among these systems are significant. In addition to the specific code requirements, design engineers as well as authorities having jurisdiction must know the effects these classifications have on how generators are applied within an electrical distribution system.

Learning objectives:

  • The audience will understand the applicable codes: NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, Chapter 7 and NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
  • Attendees will learn how emergency systems, legally required standby systems, optional standby systems, and critical operations power systems (COPS) differ
  • Viewers will understand generator sizing and loading requirement differences for emergency, legally required standby, optional standby, and COPS
  • Viewers will learn the power distribution requirement differences for emergency, legally required standby, optional standby, and COPS.

Gerald Versluys, PE, LEED AP, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Versluys is a senior electrical engineer and principal at TLC Engineering for Architecture. His areas of expertise include sustainable healthcare design and campus distribution systems. He is a member of Consulting-Specifying Engineer's editorial advisory board.

Dwayne G. Miller, PE, RCDD, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas, NV.

  • Miller is an electrical engineer PE and an RCDD with 23 years of engineering experience. He serves as CEO of jba consulting engineers and committed his firm to embracing and driving BIM technology in 2006. In addition, he serves as CEO of BIMAdvent, which is a software company focused on tools and resources to further industry adoption of BIM technology. JBA and BIMAdvent are separate companies that collaborate on development of BIM technologies that drive workflow efficiencies.

Amara Rozgus-Editor in Chief/Content Manager-Consulting-Specifying Engineer and Pure Power

Sponsors: ASCO Power Technologies, Schneider Electric

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