Stan­dards Re­port

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY -

The last EL-001 com­mit­tee meet­ing was held in Can­berra dur­ing Oc­to­ber 2014.

AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules

The com­mit­tee con­sid­ered a num­ber of re­ports from the seven AS/NZS 3000 re­vi­sion work­ing groups based in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Some sub­mis­sions have been ac­cepted for adop­tion, some are to be fur­ther re­vised for re-sub­mis­sion to the next EL-001 meet­ing for adop­tion. Some ar­eas of the pre­vi­ously agreed pro­posed changes have not been started or are in the early stages of pro­vid­ing firm sub­mis­sions for adop­tion.

Some re-draft­ing of the cur­rent text of AS/NZS 3000 is nec­es­sary to cover the adopted sub­mis­sions.

It is ex­pected that the next two meet­ings of EL-001 com­mit­tee, un­til mid-2015, will mainly be cov­er­ing sub­mis­sion of amend­ments of the cur­rent text of AS/ NZS 3000, th­ese will also in­clude some new pro­vi­sions, many due to changes nec­es­sary for new tech­nol­ogy be­ing in­tro­duced in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

AS/NZS 3010 Gen­er­at­ing sets

A progress re­port on the amend­ment of AS/NZS 3010 was made and it was agreed that two sub-com­mit­tee mem­bers be co-opted as a draft­ing lead­ers to com­plete the re-draft­ing fol­low­ing the con­sid­er­a­tion of the pub­lic com­ment re­ceived.

This is ex­pected to be com­pleted dur­ing Novem­ber 2014, and the sec­ond draft will be put to the AS/NZS 3010 draft­ing group for ap­proval for wider dis­tri­bu­tion to the EL-001 com­mit­tee for ap­proval for cir­cu­la­tion as a pub­lic com­ment doc­u­ment. The pub­lic com­ments re­ceived have re­sulted in sub­stan­tial changes be­ing made to the orig­i­nal draft.

It is ex­pected that the sec­ond pub­lic com­ment draft will be re­leased Jan­uary 2015 for a pub­lic com­ment pe­riod of six weeks.

AS/NZS 3012 Con­struc­tion and De­mo­li­tion sites

De­vel­op­ment work on the pro­vi­sions for changes to the light­ing lev­els for emer­gency light­ing sys­tems on build­ing sites has been com­pleted and re­quires some amend­ment and ad­di­tion to the text of the draft stan­dard to be com­pleted.

This is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Novem­ber 2014, and the sec­ond draft will be put to the AS/NZS 3012 draft­ing group for ap­proval for wider dis­tri­bu­tion to the EL-001 com­mit­tee for ap­proval for cir­cu­la­tion as a pub­lic com­ment doc­u­ment.

It is ex­pected that the sec­ond pub­lic com­ment draft will be re­leased Jan­uary 2015 for a pub­lic com­ment pe­riod of six weeks.

AS/NZS 5033 PV Ar­rays

A new is­sue of AS/NZS 5033:2014 was pub­lished on the 6th Novem­ber 2014. While this is­sue is not cited by the Elec­tric­ity (Safety) Reg­u­la­tions 2010, and this will not oc­cur un­til late 20i5 /early 2016, this edi­tion gives a con­sol­i­da­tion of the changes of the cur­rent AS/NZS 5033:2012 and the ci­ta­tion amend­ment in sched­ule 2 of the cur­rent Elec­tric­ity (Safety) Reg­u­la­tions 2010.

End users may find the new edi­tion eas­ier to use. The new is­sue has been ap­proved for use in New Zealand by the Min­is­ter of En­ergy as part of the pub­li­ca­tion process.

Also con­tained in the new edi­tion are the “Re­quire­ments of (High) Risk” in­spec­tions, which have to be car­ried out by an elec­tri­cal in­spec­tor dur­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of PV sys­tems.

Alan Cuth­bert EL-001 Rep­re­sen­ta­tive

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