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Glossary

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Index of Terms

Electricity

AC
Alternating Current
DC
Direct Current
EMF
Electromagnetic Field
HVAC
High Voltage Alternating Current
Minimum load capacity:
HVDC
High Voltage Direct Current
Minimum load capacity:
HVAC-light
High Voltage Alternating Current - light
Minimum load capacity:
International Connection
High voltage electricity transmission conection between two countries.
Minimum load capacity:
Links to other Electricity Glossaries

Simple electricty terms (©Atlantic Europe Publishing 1999): http://www.curriculumvisions.com/electricity/electricityGlossary.html
 
Glossary of Electricity Terms from the EIA (Energy Information Administration):
http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epav1/glossary.html

Units of Measure

Watt
The basic unit of electric power, expressing the rate at which electric energy is being expended. Power in watts equals the current in amperes times the voltage in volts.
Abbreviation: W
MW
Megawatt (1,000,000 watts)
GW
Gigawatt (1,000,000,000 watts)
KWh
Kilowatt hour. 1000 watts applied for one hour or 1 watt applied for 1000 hours (1000 watt-hours) The watt-hour is a basic unit of work (power applied over a period of time).
TWh
Terawatt hour (1,000,000,000,000 watt-hours)
USD
United States Dollar (currency of the USA)

GENI

R. Buckminster Fuller

Dymaxion
"dy" (dynamic) +
"max" (maximum) +
"ion" (tension) (see Dymaxion Map)

General

ABB
Asea Brown Boveri
ADFD
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
AED
Acedemy for Educational Development
AFCEA
Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association
Afreximbank
African Export-Import Bank
AFDB
African Development Bank
AID
Agency for International Development
APCTT
Asian and Pacific Center for Transfer of Technology
APDF
African Project Development Facility
APEC
Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
ASEAN
Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASME
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASTD
American Society for Training and Development
ATAS
Advanced Technology Assessment System

 
BADEA
Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa
BASc
Bachelor of Applied Science
BBC
British Broadcasting Corporation
B. Med. Sci.
Bachelor of Medical Science
BOAD
African Western Bank of Development
BPA
Bonneville Power Administration
BS
Bachelor of Science

 
CABEI
Central American Bank for Economic Integration
CARICOM
Caribbean Community
CCIM
Certified Commercial Investment Member
CDB
Caribbean Development Bank
CEDPA
Centre for Development and Population Activities
CEPSI
Electricity Conference of East Asia and the Western Pacific
CFC
chlorofluorocarbon
CIDA
Canadian International Development Agency
CIER
Commission for Integration of Electricity
CIGRE
Conseil International des Grands R�seaux �lectriques (French: International Council for Large Electric Systems; founded in 1921)
International Conference on Large High Voltage Electric Systems
CIS
Commonwealth of Independent States
CNN
Cable News Network
CO2
Carbon Dioxide
COMECON
Council for Mutual Economic Assistance
COMESA
Common Market For Eastern And Southern Africa

 
DARPA
(United States) Defense Advanced Research Procurement Agency
DOE
United States Department of Energy

 
EBRD
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ECO
Economic Cooperation Organization
ECOWAS
The Economic Community Of West African States
EIA
Energy Information Agency
EPRI
(United States) Electric Power Research Institute
EPS
Electric Power Systems
ERCOT
Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.
ESCWA
United Nations Economic and Social Commssion for Western Asia
EU
European Union

 
FERC
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
FRCC
Florida Reliability Coordinating Council

 
GNP
Geographic Number Portability
Gross National Product (economics)
GRID
Global Resource Information Database

 
IAIGC
Inter-Arab Investment Guarantee Corporation
IDC
International Development Conference
IEEE
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
IEEE/PES
Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers Power Engineering Society
IFC
International Finance Corporation
IIASA
IInternational Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
IMR
Infant Mortality Rate
IRS
Internal Revenue Service (United States tax collection agency)
IPCC
Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change
IPCC(IEEE)
International Professional Communication Conference (IEEE)
ISES
International Solar Energy Society

 
JIIA
The Japan Institute of International Affairs

 
MB
Master of Business
MBA
Master of Business Administration
MITI
Ministry of International Trade and Industry
MRO
Midwest Reliability Organization

 
NASA
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (USA)
NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NBA
Niger Basin Authority
NERC
North American Electric Reliability Council. (See also the Regional Reliability Councils: WECC, MRO, SPP, ERCOT, NPCC, RFC, SERC, FRCC.)
NGO
Non-Governmental Organization
NPCC
Northeast Power Coordinating Council
NSIA
National Security Industrial Association
NSPI
National Society of Performance and Instruction

 
OAS
Organization of American States
OAU
Organization of African Unity
OECD
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
OLADE
Energy Division and the Latin American Energy Organization
OPEC
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

 
PAHO
Pan American Health Organization
Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy
PLO
Palestine Liberation Organization
PSA
Public Service Advertisement

 
RIIA
Royal Institute for International Affairs
RFC
ReliabilityFirst Corporation. (This is the successor organization to three former NERC regional reliability councils: the Mid-Atlantic Area Council, the East Central Area Coordination Agreement, and the Mid-American Interconnected Network.)

 
SAARC
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
SERC
Southeastern Electric Reliability Council
SID
Society for International Development
SCS
Society for Computer Simulation
SOWF
State of the World Forum
SPC
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
SPP
Southwest Power Pool, Inc.
SWF
State of the World Forum

 
TDP
Trade and Development Program
TV
Television

 
UCPTE
Union for the Co-ordination of Production and Transmission of Electricity
UK
United Kingdom
UN
United Nations
UNCPD
United Nations Conference on Population and Development
UNDP
United Nations Development Program
UNEP
United Nations Environmental Program
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (since 1945; Paris, France)
UNSC
United Nations Special Commission
USSR
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (see CIS)

 
WBCSD
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
WEC
World Energy Congress
WECC
Western Electricity Coordinating Council

 
Y2K
Year 2000

 

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