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16 December 2016 Wisconsin

State of Wisconsin - 2017 NEC Adoption

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) have scheduled a series of public hearings throughout the state to receive public input on the adoption of the 2017 NEC.

Over a period of several months, the Wisconsin Electrical Code Advisory Committee completed the entire review of the state's SPS 316 electrical code to update from the 2011 – 2017 NEC edition language along WI amendments. In the committee's recommendations it included expanded Arc-fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) & Ground Fault (GFCI) provisions.  However, the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services deleted from the committee's recommendations the (Expanded AFCI and GFCI protection) and other safety and cost saving provisions that are offered in the 2017 NEC. 

If this adoption moves forward, Wisconsin will fall behind in electrical safety in all structures and hinder the citizens of Wisconsin from the latest fire and electrical safety protection technology of today.  

The electrical community is strongly encouraged to come out and voice their concerns against the action taken by the state. The DSPS should change course and put electrical safety in the forefront for all citizens of the state.  

Below are the scheduled public hearing dates and locations:


Jan. 31, 2017

11:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Hospital

900 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, WI

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Feb. 1, 2017

11:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m.

FVTC Public Safety Training Center

W6400 County Road BB, Appleton, WI

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Feb. 2, 2017

9:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m.

Department of Safety and Professional Services

1400 E Washington Ave., Madison, WI

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 Contact:  Don Iverson, don.iverson@nema.org


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