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 2012
On most distribution networks (except maybe in rural areas), the voltage levels typically reduce to a couple of percentage points from nominal when the sun rises, people wake up and they start using more electricity. Conversely, as the sun sets, the voltage creeps back up, and by 10 p.m. or so, it usually gets a couple of percentage points above nominal. Figure 1 below shows such a pattern. READ MORE
August 2012
Part of every significant construction project and major renovation should be the commissioning of the electrical systems (or recommissioning for renovations) along with the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); mechanical; fire alarm; and other systems in the facility. READ MORE
July 2012
There is a saying that, when you point your finger, three fingers point back. When a facility encounters a misoperation that the manager thinks was caused by the electric power, the first reaction is to point the finger at the utility. With the oft-quoted statistics saying that the majority of power quality problems originate within a facility, the utility is quick to point the finger back. READ MORE
June 2012
With regard to using submetering practices and smart meters to save energy, the old adage, “What gets measured gets done,” requires the qualifier, “only if someone does it.” Not surprisingly, manufacturers and utility companies are still claiming amazing benefit-to-cost ratios, but in order for consumers to do the same, something else must happen. READ MORE
June 2012
You’ve heard the claims: This product will save electrical energy! If you install this system, you’ll be the greenest person on the block and will never have to pay another electric bill! How do you sort through the claims and pick out what is really possible for residential or industrial/commercial customers? READ MORE
May 2012
“NCIS” aficionados should recognize the Gibbs-ism in the title. The phrase came to mind during a recent harmonic standards group meeting. READ MORE
April 2012
Albert Einstein—who said, “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler”—spent years in pursuit of the Unified Field Theory to combine gravitational and electromagnetic forces into a single relationship. READ MORE
March 2012
It wasn’t long ago when flashing digital clocks were the most likely power-quality-related effect of an interruption. Today more than 70 percent of homes have computers, and nearly that many have Internet access. READ MORE
February 2012
Whether it came from Heraclitus in 470 B.C. or François de la Rochefoucauld in the 17th century, the adage “the only thing constant is change” usually directly affects the power quality level in a facility. Unless there is a conscious effort when changes are made to equipment and/or infrastructure, it often isn’t for the better. READ MORE