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

June 2003
When most people think of the word “government,” the word “regulation” is usually close behind. The government regulates the speed that you can drive on the highways, how much income tax you pay, how much pollution a factory can emit, even which drugs can be sold (legally). Yet there is no federal regulation concerning power quality in the United States. READ MORE
May 2003
The federal government has been driving the process to develop an interconnected standard to establish the criteria and requirements of distributed generation (also called distributed resources or dispersed generation) to be connected into the utility-owned electric power grid. READ MORE
April 2003
Identifying the problem is just the first step READ MORE
March 2003
In an attempt to simplify complex mathematical equations, the summary value for harmonics called total harmonic distortion (THD) is derived from the individual harmonic values. The individual harmonic values are a magnitude (and phase angle) at the frequencies that are integer multiples of the fundamental frequency. In North America, these are 120 Hz, 180 Hz, 240 Hz, 300 Hz, and so on. READ MORE
March 2003
As commercial, industrial and educational facilities become more dependent on information technology (IT) equipment for performing the day-to-day tasks, the quality of electrical supply that powers these growing loads becomes more of a factor. More and more people are becoming aware that power quality needs to be part of the productivity equation. READ MORE
February 2003
A presentation at the PQ World 2002 Conference in October re-enforced the need to continue to make the electrical workplace a safer place to work in. While it would be ideal, it’s not always possible to de-energize electrical systems before working on them. READ MORE
January 2003
Due to the proliferation of TVSS (transient voltage surge suppressors), while voltage transients are still here, they may not be captured by most power-quality monitors much longer. READ MORE
November 2002
* For referenced figures, please refer to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine. If the data recorded appears to violate the laws of physics, apply the test of reasonableness to the data before attempting to fix something that isn't real. READ MORE
September 2002
A single-phase, rectified input, switching power supply will have a sharp reduction in current at the beginning of a sag, followed by an increase in current to a value greater than the original current levels, until the sag has ended or the equipment trips off line. READ MORE