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NEC article 708 (COPS) applicable category

Question asked by JONGHYUN KIM on Oct 12, 2017
Latest reply on Oct 12, 2017 by rick lutz

I am J.H. Kim. And I am working for power plant. (Coal Fired Power Plant)

Article 708 Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS) is added to the NEC in 2008

I would like to know that power plant is involved COPS or not. As I have known that COPS include police stations, fire stations, emergency management centers, emergency call centers, and government facilities involved in national security.

 

[ For reference ]

- NEC article 708.1 Scope : Critical operations power systems are those systems so classed by municipal, state, federal, or other codes by any governmental agency having jurisdiction or by facility engineering documentation establishing the necessity for such a system. These systems include but are not limited to power systems, HVAC, fire alarm, security, communications, and signaling for designated critical operations areas.

 

- NEC article 708.1 Scope Informational Note No. 1: Critical operations power systems are generally installed in vital infrastructure facilities that, if destroyed or incapacitated, would disrupt national security, the economy, public health or safety; and where enhanced electrical infrastructure for continuity of operation has been deemed necessary by governmental authority.

 

COPS are generally installed in vital facilities that if destroyed or incapacitated would disrupt national security, the economy, public health, or safety. The local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) can also require a facility to meet Article 708 where it deems an enhanced electrical infrastructure is necessary for continuity of operation. Examples of facilities that would use COPS include police stations, fire stations, emergency management centers, emergency call centers, and government facilities involved in national security.

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