Standards Development Committee (SDC)

I&CPS is responsible for many IEEE standards. The largest effort recently has been converting the “Color Books” to the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection™, however there are other standards for which the the department is responsible. We are always looking for volunteers to join with us in this effort. The easiest way to get involved is to attend our annual conference in the spring or the IAS Annual Conference in the fall. You can also signup at

For the electrical engineer in an industrial or a commercial application environment, the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection™ for Industrial & Commercial Power Systems, formerly the Color Books, are presently the most comprehensive collection of recommended practices available. The IEEE Color Books are developed and revised by the technical committees of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Department. This technical annual meeting is one of the main meetings where the I&CPS Department reviews, updates, augments and publishes the Color Book Set as required. Presently, the format of the set is reviewed in order to ensure compatibility with the needs of practicing engineers in the Internet and electronic publishing era.

The Color Book set is composed of 13 volumes as follows:

Red Book™— IEEE STD 141™-1993 (R1999), Recommended Practice for the Electric Power Distribution for Industrial Plants

Green Book™— IEEE STD 142™-2007, Recommended Practice for Grounding of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

Gray Book™— IEEE STD 241™-1990 (R1997), Recommended Practice for Electrical Power Systems in Commercial Buildings

Buff Book™— IEEE STD 242™-2001, Recommended Practice for Protection and Coordination of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

Brown Book™— IEEE STD 399™-1997, Recommended Practice for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Analysis

Orange Book™— IEEE STD 446™-1995 (R2000), Recommended Practice for Emergency and Standby Power Systems for Industrial and Commercial Applications

Gold Book™— IEEE STD 493™-2007, Recommended Practice for the Design of Reliable Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

White Book™— IEEE STD 602™-2007, Recommended Practice for Electrical Systems in Health Care Facilities

Bronze Book™— IEEE STD 739™-1995 (R2000), Recommended Practice for Energy Management in Industrial and Commercial Facilities

Yellow Book™— IEEE STD 902™-1998, Guide for Maintenance, Operation, and Safety of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

Blue Book™— IEEE STD 1015™-2006, Recommended Practice for Applying Low-Voltage Circuit Breakers Used in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

Emerald Book™— IEEE STD 1100™-2005, Recommended Practice for Powering and Grounding Electronic Equipment

Violet Book™— IEEE STD 551™-2006, Recommended Practice for Short-Circuit Calculations in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

Please refer to the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection™ for more information.

You can download a list of Open Pars here: