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Webinar: Practical Application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)


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NEPPA Webinar Series        |       Friday, April 26, 2019 (11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST)



Note: Participants will be awarded one (1.0) Professional Development Hour (PDH) upon completion of this webinar.



NEPPA Webinar Series

NEPPA, Collaborative Learning, Inc. and the Association for Utility Line Design Professionals (UtilityLDPros) have partnered to offer the first in a series of four 1-hour webinars to help NEPPA members better understand regulatory requirements, leadership skills, a changing workforce, and emerging technologies in the utility industry.   


The NEPPA Webinar Series is being offered as part of NEPPA's Public Utility Management Program (PUMP).  Participation in at least two of four webinars is expected as part of completing PUMP.


The 1-Hour Practical Applications of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Webinar will be held Friday, April 26th beginning at 11:00 am and covers the following:


  • NESC Purpose, scope, and history
  • NESC organization and contents
  • NESC Application principles
  • Legal and regulatory status of the NESC
  • NESC Compliance: Risks of non-compliance and risk management
  • Recognition and correction of common NESC violations



About the NESC

The 2017 edition of the NESC is the national standard for safety in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of overhead and underground electric supply and communication lines. NESC rules are established on the fundamental principles used for the safety of utility facilities and the NESC is globally recognized as good engineering practice.


The NESC is adopted into law for regulated utilities by each of the states and becomes effective for most of those utilities on March 1st of the year following publication. The most recent 2017 edition of the NESC was published in August 2016. Utilities and authorized contractors performing design, construction, operation, or maintenance tasks are responsible for meeting the applicable requirements of the NESC. 


Even if compliance with the NESC is not legally enforced, employees of utilities and their contractors have a moral responsibility to design, construct, operate and maintain electric and communication systems in a safe manner. When incidents involving utility systems cause death, injury, and property damage, litigation is often based on claims of non-compliance with the NESC.




Webinar Features 

  • Up-to-date information
  • Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
  • Practical examples of NESC best practices and violations
  • Actionable recommendations to improve your use of and compliance with the NESC



Webinar Highlights

Part 1 NESC Compliance & Liability

  • What is the purpose and scope of the NESC? To whom does it apply?
  • How do I navigate the NESC and use it most effectively?
  • With all of the facilities of different ages that utilities have in service, what does it mean to comply with the NESC?
  • What are the risks of non-compliance with the NESC? …for my organization? …for me as a professional?
  • Where can I go for help on NESC rule interpretations and compliance assistance?
  • How can I become more adept at recognizing and dealing with potential code violations on overhead lines?




Members: $80

Non-Members: $125


Registration is closed.  The webinar has already been held.




Cancellations are accepted until Friday, April 5, 2019. Substitutions may be made at any time.



Webinar Facilitators

John Miner, P.E., President, Collaborative Learning, Inc. 

Before forming his own company in 1995, John worked as a management consultant with two nationally recognized consulting/engineering firms, served as Chief Operating Officer for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, and as General Manager of the Rochester, Minnesota Public Utilities. John has been an instructor of technical and management courses for the American Public Power Association for 35 years and for the University of Wisconsin Madison for 20 years.


John's technical seminars and workshops for utilities have covered such topics as application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), overhead and underground distribution systems, electric system planning, construction, operations and maintenance.  John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with honors, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science, both from the University of Toledo.  He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honorary societies.  John is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE.


Erich Schoennagel, P.E., Collaborative Learning, Inc.

Erich has worked with the NESC through most of his career and currently works with Collaborative Learning to develop and present education programs that are intended to improve understanding and compliance with the Code. He is a retired manager and engineer with CenterPoint Energy.  He managed the Transmission Project Engineering group, which served the company’s needs for transmission system design, substation and telecom site improvement, and civil engineering for transmission, substation, distribution, and telecom structures. Erich received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.



Questions?  Please contact Sarah Elise Klingler, Director of Education & Programs at or call (978) 540-2205.