Transmission system reactive power compensation

Bruce F. Wollenberg

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In the book Edited by T. J. E. Miller (see references list at the end of this paper) the forward by Charles Concordia contains an perfect summary of why we must use reactive compensation: "...the transmission of active power requires a difference in angular phase between voltages at the sending and receiving points (which is feasible within wide limits), whereas the transmission of reactive power requires a difference in magnitude of these same voltages (which is feasible only within very narrow limits). But why should we want to transmit reactive power anyway? Is it not just a troublesome concept, invented by the theoreticians, that is best disregarded? The answer is that reactive power is consumed not only by most of the network elements, but also by most of the consumer loads, so it must be supplied somewhere. If we can't transmit it very easily, then it ought to be generated where is needed.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Event2002 IEEE Power Engineering Society Winter Meeting - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Jan 27 2002Jan 31 2002


Other2002 IEEE Power Engineering Society Winter Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY


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