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AC
Alternating current, electricity current that reverses its direction of flow at regular intervals.
AMI
Advanced Meter Infrastructure.
Ampere
Same as amp.
Amps
The unit of measure for rate of flow of electric current in a circuit.
Arc
The flow of electric current across a gap in a circuit which causes a light or a glow.
Automatic Substation
Indicates that the substation equipment will operate by itself in a pre-programmed manner, triggered by certain circumstances and conditions
Bank
Actually, “transformer bank” or “capacitor bank”, a group of transformers or capacitors that are connected
Bilateral Contract
An agreement between two parties for the purchase and sale of energy products and services.
Blackouts
A “blackout” (turning lights off) refers to complete or partial grid shut down by the energy supplier.
Branch Circuit
That part of a wiring circuit between the final set of fuses and the place where the lighting fixtures or drop cords are attached.
Break Parallel
To open the switch that ties or connects two circuits together.
Breaker
A safety device to sense overloading and interrupt the circuit.
Bus
A conductor or group of conductors which serves as a common connection within a substation or switchyard.
Cable
A conductor composed of a number of wires twisted together.
Capacitor
A piece of equipment used to absorb surges or swells, or to alleviate voltage sag, occurring in a distribution system.
Capacity
The amount of load a piece of equipment or line can generate or carry.
Circuit
The path taken by electrical current flowing through a conductor from one terminal of the source of supply to the other.
Circuit Breaker
A safety device to sense overloading and interrupt a circuit.
Closed Circuits
A complete electric circuit through which current will flow when voltage is applied.
Conductor
A wire or path through which a current of electricity flows.