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

December 2010
During The winter holiday season, houses are often decorated inside and out with little blinking lights. But, when the regular house or commercial lights blink or flicker, that’s a different story, and it is about to change. The effect isn’t fully understood yet, though Congress has passed a law that will drive the change to newer lighting technologies. READ MORE
November 2010
There have been articles in magazines and on websites concerning the vulnerability of the smart grid and, in particular, smart meters. These articles contain some truth and a lot of fiction. READ MORE
October 2010
When most people think of the source and effects of power quality problems, they think of voltage interruptions, harmonics, transients, sags, swells and even flicker, all of which are phenomena that occur on the alternating current (AC) voltage system. In fact, harmonics and flicker can only be calculated on AC systems, but problems aren’t unique to AC. READ MORE
October 2010
The “Profile of the Electrical Contractor” in the July issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR showed 65–70 percent of those surveyed indicated they performed power quality work. Companies with 10 or more employees are more likely than smaller firms to perform power quality work, which may be due in part to the cost of some of the power quality tools. READ MORE
September 2010
Last month, I covered common power quality phenomena with regards to the National Electrical Code (NEC). Two articles address specific topics related to power quality: Article 647, Sensitive Electronic Equipment, and Article 708, Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS). READ MORE
August 2010
Even after 30 years-plus of power-quality monitoring, no national design code standard exists for minimizing the impact of power quality phenomena; there isn’t an equivalent of the National Electrical Code (NEC) anywhere. READ MORE
July 2010
Power quality has finally made the big time in the United States, getting mentioned at the federal level under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. READ MORE
June 2010
About a year ago, we covered some of the initiatives of the smart grid that came out of the Energy Independence and Securities Act of 2007 (EISA), which was funded last year with more than $3.4 billion of stimulus money from the America Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). READ MORE
June 2010
Some of the concepts in electrical engineering are more easily visualized by using physical phenomena. Power quality phenomena is not different, since it is just a specialized application of the same principles, particularly Ohm’s and Kirchoff’s Laws. READ MORE