No worry…we haven’t fallen behind while we have all been in quarantine – North Carolina is still on the 2017 NEC:

The 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) was issued by the NFPA Standards Council on August 5, 2019. The effective date was August 25, 2019, when it officially became available for federal, state, county, and municipal governmental entities to update their electrical installation regulations.

  • For actively licensed electricians, know that North Carolina plans on adopting the 2020 National Electrical Code on October 1st, 2021.
  • For those testing for their license, know that North Carolina plans on changing the examinations to the 2020 National Electrical Code on January 1st, 2022.

Our Power Quality with 2020 NEC Changes Workshop will integrate both the 2017 and 2020 code to prepare you for changes yet to come. If you don’t want to miss anything make sure to bookmark the link below to monitor updates on each state’s code adoption.

Electrical Code Coalition

Ok, so what’s the status on your electrical license:

NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors assisted all actively licensed electricians by granting you a year of continuing education in March 2020. These continuing education credits would be used to renew your license for that renewal period.

Now that we’ve entered 2021, we are back to the routine continuing education requirements (half classroom). If you are not yet comfortable coming in person to a workshop we are now offering Virtual Workshops. These Virtual Workshops have been approved by the NC Board to cover your classroom requirements!

Changes to the 2020 NEC summarized:

As you well know, the National Electrical Code sets the minimum standard for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to keep people and property protected from electrical hazards. The NEC is revised every three years using public input, commentary, and technical sessions. With the introduction of the 2020 code, there have been 16 NEC revisions since 1977, the year the median American home was built.

Impactful changes include:

  • New requirements for exterior emergency disconnects of one- and two-family dwellings for improved electrical safety for emergency responders
  • Revisions to service disconnect rules to help protect electrical workers from arc flash hazards
  • Adapted and adjusted requirements for installation practices of new technologies to meet the evolving demand of power over Ethernet
  • Updates to modernize tables currently in use for calculations to reflect improvements in energy efficiency and align with evolving codes
  • Revised requirements for ground-fault protection within marinas and boatyards
  • Introduction of guidelines for the safe use of electric vehicles (electric vehicle power export equipment) as a backup or emergency power source for a building or a home
  • Reorganization of Article 310, including new user-friendly numbering for important ampacity tables, and new definition for cable bundle in Article 725
  • Relocation of surge protection device requirements to new Article 242
  • Revisions to alternative energy systems and electric vehicle requirements to clarify what portions of the PV system are covered by the requirements of Article 690 and the line side and load side connections of interconnected power supply sources, and to clearly distinguish energy storage systems from storage battery systems
  • Reorganization of Article 800 to provide a general set of requirements to apply throughout the Chapter 8 articles
  • Revisions to requirements for communications cables that are also carrying power to communication devices and revisions to the current limit for cables carrying power and data

The NEC, 2020 edition, introduces significant new requirements for:

  • The residential installation of receptacle outlets serving island and peninsular countertops and for surge protection of services supplying dwelling units
  • Working space for “housekeeping pads” for electrical equipment, the installation of wiring methods in exit enclosures, sizing supply and load conductors used with adjustable-speed drive systems, and AFCI protection of branch circuits in patient sleeping areas in care facilities
  • Calculating the load of electric vehicle supply equipment with variable current settings
  • Worker safety in identifying the source of power for disconnecting means and for egress from spaces containing large electrical equipment
  • Grounding of disconnecting means installed on the supply-side of service disconnecting means
  • Cables installed exposed on ceiling surfaces and sidewalls
  • Special occupancies, special equipment, and special conditions, including installation of splash pads, the use of “Type P” cables in hazardous classified locations, and the reinspection of swimming pools and other bodies of water

Read an additional synopsis of the changes from the NC Electrical Board here. 

How JCR Productions, Inc. is here for you:

JCR Productions, Inc. continues to be here for you and to help you keep up with your educational needs and requirements as we navigate this novel virus. We have started by offering smaller classes to adhere to quarantine guidelines and have since added live virtual workshops. We will continue to offer premium ongoing exam preparation and continuing education courses integrating 2020 Code Changes into all our “Power Quality” classes.

(Exam Preparation courses will incorporate 2020 NEC changes by November 2021. NC will be formally testing on the 2020 NEC beginning January 1st, 2022).

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