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

February 2013
The meteorological events in the northeastern United States in October 2012 provided some interesting discussions on electric power. Unfortunately, anyone with a reasonable knowledge about the electrical distribution system or electricity in general would challenge the credibility of some of the sources. READ MORE
January 2013
When it comes to new construction of the electrical infrastructure within a facility, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is the most common source of rules and regulations with regard to what to do and how to do it. Many people take the attitude that “if built to Code,” everything should work just fine, including with respect to the power quality aspects.
December 2012
More new lighting designs and retrofit projects are turning to alternative technologies for facility illumination. Besides the efficiency mandate that has boosted sales of new incandescent lamps, saving money on the electric bill due to improved efficiency seems to make the newer luminaire types a win-win. READ MORE
November 2012
When I was learning carpentry from a master carpenter, I tried to do something with a tool close at hand instead of going to get the correct tool for the job. Of course, I butchered the piece of wood and eventually had to get the right tool, which got the job done in a fraction of the time that I wasted with the convenient-to-reach tool. READ MORE
October 2012
A significant portion of the standard-making process goes beyond just rules and requirements. It is especially true for the standards developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ (IEEE) Power Quality Subcommittee, which produced a roadmap in 2006 to identify gaps or outdated information. The following are some of those documents that are worth reading. READ MORE
October 2012
With the Institute of Electric Efficiency reporting more than 36 million smart meters installed from 2007 through May 2012 and a target of 65 million by 2015, it appears that smart meters are here to stay. READ MORE
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