Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) have been and continue to be used in many applications within our water and wastewater treatment plants. Applied correctly and the simple VFD will extend the life of your aging infrastructure and even reduce energy cost. Properly selecting a VFD may not be fully understood and this presentation will help demystify VFDs, providing a better understanding as to where and why you would use them. Attendees will cover:

•             The “Don’ts” such as don’t size the drive on Hp alone and Don’t forget the system voltage

•             The “Remember To things like” – location, altitude, enclosures

•             Uh – OH’s like long motor leads and non-invertor motors

•             Maybe a little single phase talking or off the power point topics like harmonics

•             And certainly, during the course we will cover some problem areas and even troubleshooting


About the Presenter

Larry Stanley was raised and educated in the coal fields of rural West Virginia, earning a BSEET degree from Bluefield State College in West Virginia. He has more than 30 years of experience working with all aspects of design, application, and installation of AC drives and soft-starts. Stanley developed and maintained the drive support group for a major manufacturer from 1985 to 1997. He moved into a Senior Field Engineer’s role in 1997, and since then, supports applications including commercial, municipal, hot ladle, distribution conveyance, food and beverage, and more.

Utility electric bills contain not only a wealth of information about energy consumption in the utility, but also useful data about the utility water operation. Careful study of these bills and their historical trends can lead the utility manager to significant cost savings and improved utility operation. This course takes the participant through the significant parts of typical utility bills in easy to understand steps that can point to operational adjustments that improve energy management and save dollars.

Dr. John Regnier

Educational Outcomes
* Understanding of the electrical billing process, including the function of meters.
* Knowledge of how to read a utility bill and locate identifying important information
* Knowledge of problems with energy waste and improper metering
* Understanding of operational adjustments that can improve energy management and cost savings