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2017 National Electrical Code® Adoption Update

Feb 05, 2018

NECA Standing Policy 3 recommends adoption of the latest National Electrical Code® edition in the interest of public and building safety.

Mike Johnston, NECA executive director standards and safety, stresses the importance of adoption because, "The latest editions include requirements related to new technology like: energy storage, large scale PV, microgrids, energy management, wireless EV charging, and power over ethernet (POE)."

"Jurisdictions that choose not to adopt the latest edition will be challenged when handling systems of these technologies. Serious consideration should be given relative to delayed NEC adoption. These are only a few of the reasons that justify a swift adoption and immediate use of the latest NEC."

NEC Adoption Feb 2018

Where is the National Electrical Code® in effect?

As of February 1, 2018, according to the NFPA, the 2017 NEC is in effect in 19 states, the 2014 NEC is in effect in 20 states, the 2011 NEC is in effect in 3 states, and the 2008 NEC is in effect in 5 states. If you have a question on the status of NEC adoption in any state, please contact your NFPA Regional Electrical Code Specialist

Note: The 2017 edition of the NEC was issued by the NFPA Standards Council on August 4, 2016. The effective date was August 24, 2016, when it officially became available for adoption by federal, state, county, and municipal governmental entities.

About the National Electrical Code®

Throughout the United States and around the world, NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), sets the foundation for electrical safety in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies. The 2017 edition of this trusted Code presents the latest comprehensive regulations for electrical wiring, overcurrent protection, grounding, and installation of equipment.