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Variable Speed Drives, 4th Edition by David William Spitzer

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Prime Utility Costs

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The perception that utilities are available gratis still prevails in some commercial and industrial facilities, and there appears to be no end in sight for this myth. It is the rule, rather than the exception, that utility services are continually being wasted during the day-to-day operation of commercial and industrial facilities. Operation of plants under the premise that "the plant operates where it is most convenient" has propagated itself throughout industry.

Fighting this syndrome requires a minimum of two areas of emphasis. The first step is to make all parties, especially utility users, aware of the real cost of utilities in an attempt to develop a sense of appreciation of the magnitude of the costs involved. Often, ...

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