During a disruption in electrical service, there are various responsibilities that the utility and homeowner have regarding safe delivery of electricity. This sometimes-contentious issue involves a defined term found in Article 100 of the 2017 National Electric Code (NEC) known as the “service point.” Which begs the question, “How well do you know your electrical service point?”
When power lines are down, residents can restore energy to their homes or other structures by using another power source such as a portable generator. There are several precautions to follow, however, to prevent electrical disaster. Here are a few quick tips.
Nearly every week, I get calls and e-mails from inspectors, plan reviewers, photovoltaic (PV) professionals, engineers, and electricians asking about areas of PV system installation that are not clearly addressed in the National Electrical Code (NEC).