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Clarification needed on Article 200.3 #203226
09/15/11 12:27 PM
09/15/11 12:27 PM
Helectric  Offline OP
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Brandon, SD
Can anyone please help me understand the purpose/meaning behind this article?

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Re: Clarification needed on Article 200.3 [Re: Helectric] #203228
09/15/11 01:41 PM
09/15/11 01:41 PM
renosteinke  Offline
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Looks to me that they are saying "no neutral in with the service, no neutral allowed inside the building." Guess they don't want you to count on the loads being perfectly balanced, or using the ground rod instead of a neutral.

Keep in mind that the NEC is attempting to address EVERY scenario. For example, the mill I'm at today is fed by the PoCo with three high-voltage 'hots.' There's no neutral from the PoCo. This means that we need a transformer to 'create' that neutral.

A lot of wells and pump houses are served by 'corner grounded' 3-phase power. If you want to have a neutral in that pump house, you'll need a transformer .... even if it's a "240 to 240" transformer.

After all, the electricity can't "go home" if the neutral wire doesn't go all the way back to the source.

Re: Clarification needed on Article 200.3 [Re: Helectric] #203230
09/15/11 01:52 PM
09/15/11 01:52 PM
gfretwell  Offline

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Posts: 9,186
This is what the handbook comment says.

Grounded conductors of premises wiring must be connected to the supply system (service or applicable separately derived system) grounded conductor to ensure a common, continuous, grounded system.

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Re: Clarification needed on Article 200.3 [Re: Helectric] #203283
09/18/11 10:16 PM
09/18/11 10:16 PM
mikethebull  Offline
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 100
Rhode Island
It is telling the installer that if you run a neutral ( grounded ) conducter you must terminate that conducter

Re: Clarification needed on Article 200.3 [Re: Helectric] #203291
09/19/11 02:39 PM
09/19/11 02:39 PM
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See 250.24 C


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