- Reactive Power
The portion of electricity that establishes and sustains the electric and magnetic fields of alternating-current equipment. Reactive power must be supplied to most types of magnetic equipment, such as motors and transformers. It also must supply the reactive losses on transmission facilities. Reactive power is provided by generators, synchronous condensers, or electrostatic equipment, and directly influences electric system voltage. It is usually expressed in kilovars (kvar) or megavars (Mvar).