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Power and Control Cable

Power cables transfer energy from a source to equipment. Control cables send signals to control the functioning of equipment. Products include cables that range from 601 to 15 kV and 15.1 kV and over as well as paper power cable, portable power cable, and welding cable.

All types of solid dielectric insulated wires and cables are covered, including thermosetting (XLPE and rubber) and thermoplastic, single and multi-conductor, jacketed, sheathed, or armored for power and control applications.

Products are used for the transmission and distribution of electrical energy for normal conditions of installation and service, either indoors, outdoors, aerial, underground, or submarine.

NEMA Members develop and advocate for industry positions related to international trade and tariffs as well as state-specific issues.


  • Develops industry Standards
  • Advocates for updates to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and other building codes
  • Participates in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC20 Power and Control Committee and the IEC TAG 20 that advises the U.S. National Committee; volunteers for U.S. Expert positions in the TC 20 Working Groups and supports NEMA as a secretary of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group
  • Maintains liaisons with the Aluminum Association, the Copper Association, the Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society Testing Materials (ASTM), National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) on issues related to standards and conformity assessment
  • Supports ANSI C8 Wire and Cable Committee secretariat and maintains several joint standards with the ICEA and the Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada (EEMAC), including WC 26/EEMAC 201 Binational Wire and Cable Packaging, UL 1072 Standard for Medium-Voltage Power Cables, and CANENA (the Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations in the Americas) in its harmonization effort for the testing methods of wires and cables set forth in UL 2556 Wire and Cable Test Methods


  • Airport lighting
  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Gas tube sign and ignition
  • Mining, petrochemical refineries, and earth moving machinery
  • Street lighting
  • Submarine power
  • Transmission


  • The NEMA Wire & Cable Forum brings thought leaders and industry experts together to discuss trends, opportunities, and challenges.

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