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2011 Changes to the NEC 250.4

2011 Changes to the NEC – 250.4

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There are some important features in this text which help to highlight the changes that you should be aware of:

  • Each Code section which contains a change includes a summary of the change, followed by a paraphrase of the NEC text affected by the change. Any specific change is denoted by underlined text and in the corresponding chapter color
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2011 Changes to the NEC Part 1

250.4(A)(1) Solidly Grounded Systems

The Informational Note regarding the length of grounding electrode conductors has been revised.

250.4 General Requirements for Grounding and Bonding.

(A) Solidly Grounded Systems.

(1) Electrical System Grounding. Electrical power systems, such as the secondary winding of a transformer are grounded (connected to the earth) to limit the voltage induced by lightning, line surges, or unintentional contact by higher-voltage lines.


Figure 250-2 (Click on image to enlarge)

Author’s Comment: System grounding helps reduce fires in buildings as well as voltage stress on electrical insulation, thereby ensuring longer insulation life for motors, transformers, and other system components.


Figure 250-3 (Click on image to enlarge)

Note: An important consideration for limiting imposed voltage is to remember that grounding electrode conductors shouldn’t be any longer than necessary and unnecessary bends and loops should be avoided.


Figure 250-4 (Click on image to enlarge)

ANALYSIS: With the deletion of the term “grounding conductor” from Article 100, this rule was in need of revision. The Code now makes it quite clear that the length of grounding electrode conductors is of concern for the proper application of 250.4(A)(1). Because of the high frequency of lightning, the length of the grounding electrode conductor becomes critical in order to reduce inductive reactance.


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  • what is the proper procedure and test equipment needed to test for 25 ohms or less to ground?

    DickMC  September 26 2012, 5:18 pm EDT
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