National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®) Summit: Past, Present and Future


This inaugural event will set the stage for users to convene and examine the issues that impact the NESC.

National Electrical Safety Code®(NESC®) Summit: Past, Present and Future

The first meeting of its kind to help guide the future of safety in the electrical power and communications environments

28-29 April 2015 
Hilton Alexandria Old Town 
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

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This inaugural event will set the stage for users to convene and examine the issues that impact the NESC. Continuing upon its first 100 years of success, the NESC is seeking input on envisioning the next 100 years by serving to maintain the NESC as a vital and relevant industry safety code that protects workers and the public. With your participation, we can drive the future direction of the NESC.

The NESC Summit will examine issues that impact the NESC and the industry it supports today, including:


This Summit will raise awareness of the NESC to relevant stakeholders, including government, industry (non-utility), utilities, trade associations, and others; inform of the importance and value of the NESC to utilities, regulators, and the public; and lastly, to seek input on the future direction of the NESC.

This conference and a social reception, following the events of Day 1, will provide an opportunity to meet and network with NESC Main Committee members, Executive Subcommittee members, Technical Subcommittee members, IEEE Standards Association staff, as well as utility company management and pertinent government agencies such as the DOE, OSHA and NIST. This is an opportunity to provide your thoughts in support of the future of the NESC!

Download the NESC Visioning Sessions Output Paper

For more information on the NESC, contact Sue Vogel.


National Electrical Safety Code®(NESC®) Summit: Past, Present and Future

Opening & Welcome 
Michael J. Hyland, PE, NESC Chair & Senior Vice President, Engineering Services, American Public Power Association

Session 1: NESC: The First 100 Years and What the NESC Covers

What the NESC Covers 
James R. Tomaseski, NESC Vice-Chair, Director of Safety, PAR Electric

NESC: The First 100 Years 
Don Hooper, Chair, NESC Interpretations Subcommittee, EC&S, Inc.

Renewables and the NESC 
Lee Kraemer, Director - H&S, Product Stewardship, Sustainability, First Solar

Session 2: How the NESC is Used Today

The National Electric Safety Code® Used as an Oversight Tool 
Jorge A. Camacho, PE, Chief, Infrastructure and System Planning, Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia

Grounding, Substations & Overhead Lines 
Richard M. Waddell, PE, Vice President - Southeast Region Transmission & Substation Engineering, UC Synergetic

How the NESC is Used Today 
Chad A. Knutson, EE, CLCP, Safety & Loss Prevention Consultant, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange


OSHA Overview

Dean A. McKenzie, Deputy Director of the OSHA Directorate of Construction, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Session 3: Resiliency – A National View

Resilience: A National View Introductory Comments 
Leon Kempner Jr., Ph.D., Principal Structural Engineer, Bonneville Power Administration

Resilience: A National View 
Stephen A. Cauffman, Manager, Community Resilience Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Session 4: A Utility View on Electric Supply Resiliency

Electric Transmission Resiliency 
Robert W. Bradish, Vice President, Transmission Grid Development, American Electrical Power and Jeff Fleeman, Director, Advanced Transmission Studies & Technologies, American 
Electrical Power

What is "Resiliency"? 
Daniel K. Glover, Vice President, Power Delivery Distribution, Alabama Power Company

Lessons Learned - SCE 
Robert G. Woods, Managing Director of Asset Management and Operations Support, Southern California Edison

Session 5: The NESC of the Future – New Technologies

To "Drone" or Not to "Drone"? 
Wesley J. Oliphant, PE, AWS-CWI, F.SEI, F.ASCE, President, ReliaPOLE Inspection Services Company, Inc., Advanced Aerial Inspection Resources, Inc.

Augmented Reality & Wearable Computing 
Ken Hepburn, Vice President, Business Development, DAQRI