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NECA Releases New Standard for Energy Management, Demand Response and Energy Solutions

Jul 23, 2013

The new National Electrical Installation Standard, NECA 701- 2013, Standard for Energy Management, Demand Response and Energy Solutions, is a timely addition to the growing NEIS library of standards focusing on energy conservation and renewable power. Energy management and conservation technology has moved rapidly, and the latest NEIS provides clear instruction to electrical contractors and specifying engineers looking for optimum performance from their energy systems.

Energy management refers to the process of monitoring, controlling and conserving energy in a building or facility. NECA 701 describes methods and procedures used for performing energy conservation surveys, controlling and managing energy consumption, implementing the smart grid and demand response, and developing, implementing and evaluating energy conservation measures for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Like all NEIS, NECA 701 is ANSI-approved.

Why Use an Energy Management Standard?

Over time, various energy codes and standards have been developed, and each contains performance requirements. With many codes and standards, including the National Electrical Code (NEC), addressing energy management requirements, this new NEIS provides a consistent foundation to build from when determining and implementing energy use alternatives that are consistent with those mandated at the state and local levels. NECA 701 covers the essential elements of common energy management solutions and provides guidelines for addressing demand response capabilities.

“Energy management is a crucial part of electrical construction. It’s also the key for conserving power in a building or facility,” said Michael Johnston, NECA’s Executive Director of Standards and Safety, "This new performance standard has used the best information available to detail comprehensive instructions to achieve the best possible solution through energy management – a solution that’s going to help a building operate more efficiently and save energy.”

About NEIS

NEIS® are the only quality and performance standards for electrical construction. They are used primarily by electrical contractors, consulting engineers, facility managers, and other professionals who design and specify for electrical construction projects. With their installation detail, illustrations and thorough explanations, NEIS® are also a valuable training tool for electrical construction industry. NECA 100, 101 and other NEIS are meticulously revised and expanded to align with the current edition of the NEC and other applicable standards.

“NECA’s National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS®) library has grown over the years, and as new technologies emerge, the NEIS® evolve and keep pace,” Johnston said. Johnston also emphasizes that “the standards are constantly providing significant value to those in the electrical designing and engineering communities. The NEIS help professionals in developing design specifications in that they reduce and often eliminate specification writing time.” 

There are now 44 NEIS®, with more essential standards in development, specifically standards related to renewable energy, energy management and wind power generation systems. Volume 8 of the NEIS Yearbook of all standards was recently released; it includes NECA’s two newest NEIS, NECA 412 Standard for Installing and Maintaining Photovoltaic Systems and NECA 413 Standard for Installing and Maintaining Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE).


NECA 701-2013 Standard for Energy Management, Demand Response and Energy Solutions is $20 for NECA members and $40 for non-members. 

Purchase in the NECA Store

Print copies and PDF downloads of NECA 701 can be ordered online.

Contact the NECA Order Desk at (301) 215-4504 tel, (301) 215-4500 fax, or orderdesk@necanet.org. Bulk pricing is available.