Several years ago the Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA)  issued a number of  
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 were then 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.
As a result of the new ICEA / NEMA application standards being issued, the older,
more-familiar materials-based ICEA / NEMA standards were being withdrawn. This was
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 The withdrawn ICEA / NEMA standards are :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-19-81 / NEMA WC3
Rubber-Insulated Wire and Cable
The new ICEA / NEMA published standards are :
ANSI/ICEA S-95-658 / NEMA WC70        
Nonshielded 0-2kV Cables
ANSI/ICEA S-96-659 / NEMA WC71        
Nonshielded 2001-5kV Cables
ANSI/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
ANSI/ICEA S-105-692       
600 Volt Single Layer Thermoset Insulated Utility
Underground Distribution Cable
ANSI/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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Contact GLOBAL for a complete listing of ICEA standards and NEMA standards.
ICEA S-61-402 / NEMA WC5         
Thermoplastic-Insulated Wire and Cable