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

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
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
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
March 2009
Although the hyperbole of the recent elections is past us, one of the buzzwords that gained momentum in the process was the term “smart grid.” I agree with those in the electric utility industry who take exception to such a concept, with all the implications associated with it, including that the current grid is “dumb” and the smart grid will solve all our power problems. READ MORE
February 2009
The usual focus in this column is what those squiggly waveforms are called and what causes them. Sometimes the focus is even what gets rid of them. READ MORE