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The Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA) has issued several new standards for solid-dielectric insulated
power cables. Several of these standards are joint-standards with the National Electrical Manufacturers
Association (NEMA). The new standards have been submitted to ANSI for recognition as National Standards.
The new ICEA standards reflect a change in ICEA’s standards writing objective. They are written as “application
standards” rather than the “insulation material-based standards” of the past. These new standards have been
updated to reflect the latest conductor constructions, insulations and jacket materials being used to manufacture
wires and cables. The advantage of having an application standard is that all insulations suitable for use on a
specific product are contained in one document. With material-based standards, only one type of insulation and its
requirements are defined. If a different insulation were to be considered, a separate standard would be required.
The new ICEA / NEMA published standards are :
ICEA S-95-658 / NEMA WC70        Nonshielded 0-2kV Cables
ICEA S-96-659 / NEMA WC71        Nonshielded 2001-5kV Cables
ICEA S-93-639 / NEMA WC74        Shielded Power Cable 5-46 kV
New ICEA standards for power cables used by the electric utility industry are :
ANSI / ICEA S-94-649        Concentric Neutral Cables Rated 5-46 kV
ANSI / ICEA S-97-682        Utility Shielded Power Cable Rated 5-46 kV
ICEA S-105-692              600 Volt Single Layer Thermoset
Insulated Utility Underground Distribution Cable
ICEA S-81-570                Direct Burial, 600 Volt, Ruggedized Insulation
ICEA / NEMA joint-standards and ICEA standards are available from Global Engineering Documents
at the following address;
15 Inverness Way East
Englewood, CO  80112  USA
Tel : (800) 854-7179 or (303) 397-7956
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As a result of the new ICEA / NEMA application standards being issued, the
older, more-familiar materials-based ICEA / NEMA standards are being
withdrawn. This is necessary to eliminate duplication and because the
materials-based standards are no longer being maintained. The withdrawn ICEA
/ NEMA standards are :
ICEA S-66-524 / NEMA WC7         
Cross-Linked-Thermosetting-Polyethylene Insulated Wire and Cables
ICEA S-68-516 / NEMA WC8  
Ethylene-Propylene-Rubber Insulated Wire  and Cable
ICEA S-61-402 / NEMA WC5         
Thermoplastic-Insulated Wire and Cable
ICEA S-19-81 / NEMA WC3
Rubber-Insulated Wire and Cable
Contact GLOBAL for a complete listing of ICEA standards and NEMA standards.