Demystifying Voltage

By Greg Wiegand, Chief Technical Officer, Pacific Volt

Volts, amps, watts, power, current, energy, electricity--all words that, at one time or another, have been used to mean "juice," what you get when you flip the switch. Electrical engineers, of course, use these words with precision (usually!), but, as strange as it may seem, not everyone is an electrical engineer. Nevertheless, everyone makes decisions every day about using electricity, and some of those decisions are very consequential. If you are not an EE and you do make consequential decisions about using electricity, this voltage explainer is for you. 


Demystifying Power Quality

By Greg Wiegand, Chief Technical Officer, Pacific Volt

Everything that uses electricity expects the electricity to meet certain standards. Power that doesn't meet all of these standards can damage equipment, cause lights to flicker, shorten equipment life, cause equipment to perform poorly, waste energy, and cost money. For our friends who didn't happen to study electrical engineering in college (and perhaps a few who did), here's an overview of power quality, written for mortals.

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Trending Toward Distributed Voltage Optimization: A Simple Solution Overlooked

By Thor Skov

"Distributed Voltage Optimization offers utilities the ability to reshape their distribution systems in a way that combines substantial energy efficiency savings, flexibility, low maintenance and, perhaps most urgently, a crucial step toward seamless integration of distributed energy resources."



Electrical engineering and the electrical power industry employ a rich vocabulary. Here are reminders of what the 250 most useful terms mean.