Richard P. Bingham

Power Quality Columnist

Richard P. Bingham, a contributing editor for power quality. He can be reached at 732.287.3680.

Articles by Richard P. Bingham

September 2009
Last month, we covered the processes of site power quality (PQ) benchmark or compliance audits and facilitywide energy surveys. Let’s go back to the original usage of PQ monitors and what they were designed to do: troubleshoot possible PQ-related problems that result in process interruptions, whether they shut down a single PC, a paint-spray booth or an entire production line. READ MORE
September 2009
Recently, while serving on a panel session at the Power Quality and Reliability conference, a member of the audience chastised me for “not educating us on what this smart grid stuff is really all about.” It seemed like a reasonable challenge, especially given that I am a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES)Intelligent Grid Coordin READ MORE
August 2009
There was a sign at my college job: “Engage brain before opening mouth,” which is similar to what my parents would often say: “Think before you speak.” The same basic concept applies before you take a power quality monitor into the field, connect it up and collect gigabytes of data. READ MORE
July 2009
Most facilities have a hidden source of cash within their walls. People working in the energy-reduction field know that usually at least a 10 percent savings in energy can be achieved with a payback measured in less than two years, and often right in next month’s utility bill. Some facilities have achieved more than 50 percent savings, while others strive for the net-zero goal. READ MORE
June 2009
Recently, I was on a panel at a conference on power quality and reliability-related issues. Somewhat amazing was the amount of discussion on that buzzword that keeps going and going: smart grid. I thought my column, “Smarter than a Fifth Gridder,” in the March 2009 issue would be the last I would deal with it. But that conference and a quick search on Google set me straight. READ MORE
June 2009
The word "government" often invokes “regulation” (at least until it was replaced with “bailout”). However, governmental regulation of power quality is basically nil in North America, especially in the United States. This is in contrast to other places, where aspects of power quality beyond just nominal voltage range and frequency are covered. READ MORE
May 2009
A few months ago, we answered a customer’s question about what equipment might be affected by a particular type of power quality phenomenon. The answer was based on Table 4.2 from IEEE Std 1159 Recommended Practice on Monitoring Electric Power Quality, and it seemed to be a logical way to address what can be a fairly complex process. READ MORE
April 2009
On New Year's Eve, I visited someone in the hospital. I was struck by two things. First, there were patients and staff members in the wards, as, unfortunately, illness doesn’t follow a calendar. But overall, the hospital seemed nearly deserted, with most offices and labs closed, no one in the cafeteria, and only the occasional healthcare worker or security guard roaming the hallways. READ MORE
April 2009
When most people think of finding the source of power quality problems, they imagine a meter or monitor with half a dozen or more wires connected to the voltage bus or terminals, along with three or four current transformers (CTs) clamped around either the bus bars or the wires. READ MORE