December 28, 2021
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published Automatic Receptacle Control—Manufacturer Best Practice Checklist Technical Bulletin (NEMA HB 70000-2021). This best practice checklist guides manufacturers of automatic receptacle control wiring devices and systems (commonly called plug load control) to achieve successful installation, good end-user experience, and maximized energy efficiency with the technology deployment. It shares applicable code requirements and sample tools for manufacturers to support their controlled receptacle products.
"With the growing need for energy efficiency, the expansion of miscellaneous electrical loads (MELs) in commercial buildings, and the electrification of the built environment, automatic receptacle control has become the desired method for managing unneeded building electrical energy use," said Danny Abbate, Industry Director, Building Infrastructure, NEMA.
"This guide will assist manufacturers in taking positive steps and following good practices that support the success of the technology deployment in buildings, as well as those who occupy the spaces and utilize the services that buildings provide," he said.
This document is written for manufacturers of automatic receptacle control products, building managers, building owners, electrical specifying engineers, and building officials.
NEMA HB 70000-2021 is available at no cost on the NEMA website.