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

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
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
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
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
January 2012
The power quality phenomena categories in IEEE Standard 1159 2009, “Recommended Practice for Monitoring Electric Power Quality,” are often used to define what to look for, how to look for it, and how to protect a piece of equipment from it. The following categories are excerpted from Table 2 of the standard: 1. Transients—impulsive and oscillatory2. READ MORE
December 2011
A friend reminded me of the extensive flicker monitoring program that the Colombian utility commission required of electric utilities beginning in 2005. READ MORE