thinking about how to design and install these systems the right way.
COLLURA: The document also will help engineers and
installers create consistent specifications and help eliminate poor
or incomplete cut-and-paste drawings. I think RP1400 will become
one the most referenced documents for professionals who design
PIERCE: Fueling systems for generators and boilers often
are designed by engineers who need to include something
in their electrical and mechanical plans. And because these
engineers rarely have design guides on hand, the designs vary in
completeness and quality.
JOURNAL: How is PEI positioned to write a document
such as this?
JOURNAL: Why does the industry need a docu-
ment on emergency generators and oil burner fuel-
ing system practices?
CRELE Y: Many emergency generators and oil burner
fueling systems are designed and installed by people without
we hope, will
it will get people
As the name suggests, emergency gen- erators are mission-critical devices of particular use in situations where
downtime is just not an option. Hospitals.
Fueling facilities. Data centers. Cellphone towers. Really, any place at which a loss of power
could lead to significant harm or damage.
For the generators to do their job, however, the fueling
systems that make them go must be properly designed and
carefully installed so that they operate safely, efficiently and
reliably. Unfortunately, the industry has long lacked standard design and installation practices.
For more than a year, the PEI Emergency Generator
and Oil Burner Fueling System Design and Installation
Committee has been developing just such a document. The
draft version of Recommended Practices for the Design and
Installation of Fueling Systems for Emergency Generators,
Stationary Diesel Engines and Oil Burner Fueling
Systems (PEI/RP1400) was opened for public
comment from February 1 to March 31 of this year.
More than 100 comments from manufacturers,
distributors, contractors, regulators, generator
owners and other stakeholders were received and
are now being reviewed by the committee drafting
the document. Expectations are that the final version of PEI/
RP1400 will be published this fall.
The new document is designed for use by architects,
engineers, system operators, regulators, contractors and
consultants, as well as end-users installing a system. To better
understand the what, why and how behind this important
undertaking, the PEI Journal recently spoke with three members of the drafting committee: Chairman Roy Creley, Lakes
Region Environmental Contractors, Belmont, N.H.; Chris
Collura, JMP Solutions, Tampa, Fla.; and Billy Pierce, Vital Fuel
Systems, Apex, N.C.
DRAFT Recommended Practices for the Design and Installation of Fueling Systems for Emergency Generators, Stationary Diesel Engines and Oil Burner Systems