Recorded Webinar: NEC 2017 Update for Energy Systems (Free)


Adopted in all 50 states, the NEC is the benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to help protect people and property from electrical hazards. The 2017 NEC has been published and brings about hundreds of changes including new articles relevant to Energy Systems.

Energy systems are on the forefront of innovative technology and are a critical enabler for achieving modern societal benefits. It is essential that manufacturers and integrators learn what is new in NEC 2017 that impacts energy systems including solar + storage, microgrid, utility connected storage, and stand-alone systems. UL can help you navigate these changes in this free 1 hour webinar that focuses on the new NEC 2017 articles for energy systems:

  • Energy Storage Systems (Article 706)
  • Stand-Alone Systems (Article 710)
  • DC Microgrids (Article 712)

Also learn about a legacy article that has been updated that also impacts energy systems:

  • Storage Batteries (Article 480)

We’ll help educate you on what the terms mean in the code and how that applies to manufacturers and system integrators of energy systems. We will also cover what it means to be Listed and how UL helps you achieve this.

Finally, learn how UL’s codes and regulatory support help achieve code complaint installations namely local municipalities, fire departments, and electrical inspectors.


Upon completion of this webinar, participants will learn:

  • What is New in NEC 2017 that Impacts Energy Systems
    • Solar + Storage
    • Microgrid
    • Utility Connected Storage
    • Stand-Alone Systems
  • Insights on the New Articles
    • Energy Storage Systems (Article 706)
    • Stand-Alone Systems (Article 710)
    • DC Microgrids (Article 712)
  • Legacy Articles Updates that Impact Energy Systems
    • Storage Batteries (Article 480)
  • Applicable Code Information for Manufacturers & System Integrators
  • What it Means to be Listed
  • How UL Can Help
    • How to Get Listed
    • UL’s Codes and Regulatory Support to Help Achieve Code Complaint Installations

Target Audience

  • Energy Systems Manufacturers (Batteries, Inverters, Energy Storage, Stationary Generators)
  • System Integrators
  • Commercial/Industrial Building Owners
  • Independent Power Providers (IPPs)
  • Building and Electrical Inspectors

About the Instructor

John Kovacik
Principal Engineer/Corporate Fellow

John Kovacik, Principal Engineer/Corporate Fellow, is UL’s Primary Designated Engineer (PDE) for industrial control equipment; components and assemblies including control panels and industrial machinery. His primary responsibilities are driving consistency, integrity and engineering quality in the establishment and application of UL product certification requirements.

John’s 42-year career with UL includes many years of experience with codes and standards. He represents UL on a number of technical committees covering a broad range of subjects for NFPA, NEMA and the IEC. This includes membership as UL’s principal representative on the NFPA 20 Committee for Stationary Fire Pumps and the NFPA 79 Committee for Industrial Machinery. He serves as the Technical Advisor for the U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Group for IEC/SC 121A.

John is UL’s Principal member on the National Electrical Code (NEC®) Correlating Committee. As UL’s representative on this committee, he is responsible for coordinating UL's participation in NEC activities. He is also a member of NEC Code Panels 12 and 13.

John is a Corporate Fellow of UL’s William Henry Merrill Society, has received the IEC 1906 Award, the NFPA Committee Service Award, the NFPA Richard G. Biermann Award and is an NFPA Life Member.


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Time Requirement


Pre-Recorded Webinar 60 minutes

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