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The increasing number of power quality textbooks reflect the growth of the industry and the increasing importance of power quality in the economy. Barry Kennedy's Power Quality Primer , published by McGraw-Hill, is one example. It covers the field of power quality from the ground up.

Topics addressed in the book include the characteristics of proper power quality; power quality standards and solutions; surveys and how to perform them; and wiring and grounding.

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In addition, Power Quality Primer features three noteworthy chapters. One provides extensive coverage of power quality measurement instruments and how to use them properly.

Another chapter highlights an area rarely covered in texts — power quality economics. It discusses collecting costs, the cost-benefit ratio of power quality solutions, mitigation equipment costs, and the conditions that allow favorable economics.

Finally, a third chapter focuses on future trends. Kennedy sees the industry moving toward tighter standards, better training, guaranteed power quality verification of contracts and performance, deregulation, and power quality parks.

As for reference material, the book contains a superb glossary of power quality and reliability terms, plus one of the most extensive bibliographies of power quality literature. If you're a power or facility engineer, power quality equipment manufacturer, or an engineering or energy consultant, consider adding this book to your library.