NESC Regional Workshop—Grand Rapids

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NESC Regional Workshop—Grand Rapids

Date: February 1, 2023
  • Feb 1, 2023 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Grand Rapids Public Utilities Service Center, 500 SE 4th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
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The National Electric Safety Code (NESC®) is the application standard for safety in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of an electric utility system.

In October 2022, the 2017 edition of the code was updated and the National Electric Safety Code®—Edition 2023 was released.

We are holding five, one-day seminars around the state, which will include round-table discussion of the code changes. 

Who should attend?

This event is intended for general managers, crew leaders, superintendents, supervisors, engineers, safety managers, and anyone else on your team who needs to be aware of and understand the changes. Attend and learn about code changes to ensure compliance and safety of employees and the public you serve.

2023 National Electric Safety Code®

Published exclusively by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and updated every five years to keep the code up-to-date with changes in the industry and technology, the National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®) sets the ground rules and guidelines for practical safeguarding of utility workers and the public during the installation, operation, and maintenance of electric supply, communication lines, and associated equipment.

Notable changes to the NESC® include:

  • Small cell/communication equipment placement
  • Revisions regarding batteries, energy storage, and backup power
  • A new section for photovoltaic generating stations, accommodating large-scale solar power projects
  • Further clarification on the use of non-hazardous fiber optic cables

Learn more about the NESC® by visiting

NOTE: Participants need to bring a copy of either the printed version or a laptop/tablet with the electronic version. If registering more than one person for the same workshop, only one copy is needed per city/utility. Members of IEEE are able to purchase the 2023 NESC® at a discounted price.


Members: $300 per person
Non-members: $450 per person

Registration fees increase $50 per person on January 4. Refreshment breaks and lunch will be provided.

Advanced registration is required and is limited to the first 35 at each location; no on-site registration. Registrant must be employed by a utility, cooperative, or an approved affiliate.

About the Instructor

Mike Willetts is MMUA’s Director of Training and Safety. Mike has over 40 years of experience within the electric utility industry including safety professional, utility management, and journeyman lineworker. For the past 27 years he has been managing and developing the MMUA safety programs.

Mike is a nationally recognized safety professional specializing in safety management of electric utilities, technical hands-on training for power linemen.

He is an active member of the American Public Power Association (APPA) and past APPA safety committee chairman, chairman of APPA engineering and operations committee and most recently, chairman of the APPA safety manual revision task force.

Mike is also an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Minnesota Safety Council, National Safety Council, and the Minnesota OSHA Electric Task Force committee.

Other Dates/Locations

This convenient, one-day event will be presented at five different locations in Minnesota. Other options are:

January 31, 2023—Alexandria
February 14, 2023—Plymouth
February 15, 2013—New Ulm
February 16, 2023—Marshall

To register for a different session, click on the date/location above.

Certificate of Attendance

Attendees earn a certificate of achievement for their participation. Watch for an email from MMUA with the certificate upon completion of the course.


MMUA will issue a refund on an advanced registration, less $35 per person processing fee, provided MMUA is notified by 4:30 pm on January 9, 2023. Sorry, no refunds after January 9.


By registering for this event I/we, the registered attendee(s), authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing materials (both electronic and print). I understand that I will not be paid for giving this consent.


Contact Theresa Neddermeyer at 763.551.1230 or email

A printable brochure for this regional workshop can be downloaded here.