Chuck Ross

Freelance Writer

Chuck Ross is a freelance writer and editor who has covered building and energy technologies for a range of industry publications and websites for more than 25 years. He specializes in building and energy technologies, along with electric-utility business issues.

Articles by Chuck Ross

March 2017
An interesting phrase comes up frequently in the rapidly evolving streetlight market: “real estate.” Most of us see a streetlight as a utilitarian lighting fixture, but manufacturers, utilities and city managers see a business opportunity enabled by a vast network of powered, connected devices. READ MORE
March 2017
While President Trump campaigned on a promise to boost opportunities for fossil fuels and revitalize the coal industry, market forces might already have limited his opportunities for fulfilling that pledge. READ MORE
February 2017
Microgrids are the hot new idea that’s been around forever. Thomas Edison’s first New York City power plants could be considered microgrids because those generating stations each acted independently from the others, serving their own “islands” of connected loads. Like much of the rest of our electrical systems, though, today’s versions are becoming much smarter. READ MORE
February 2017
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would bring coal back to prominence in the United States’ energy mix, a pledge many coal-state residents took with them to the voting booth. Now, some are wondering if recent renewable-energy gains could be rolled back in the administration’s push to boost coal’s fortunes. READ MORE
January 2017
For proof that electric utilities have been hardening their systems, consider two recent weather events: Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. While many New Jersey and New York homes and businesses remained dark for weeks after Sandy’s devastation, 1.2 million Florida customers that lost power during Matthew had their lights back on within two days. READ MORE
December 2016
By the time you read this article, offshore wind turbines will have moved from promise to reality in the United States. The five-turbine, 30-megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm is now generating electricity off the Rhode Island coast. READ MORE
November 2016
Many promises have been made about the newest generation of smart meters and the potential for two-way communications between utilities and their customers (or, rather, their customers’ connected devices). Often overlooked, however, are the opportunities these virtual conversations will create. READ MORE
November 2016
You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This basic concept from any entry-level business class is becoming more common in energy codes and standards across the United States. California became the latest to address a building owner’s need for more electricity-use data with the 2013 updates to its state energy code. READ MORE
October 2016
The world’s six leading oil and gas companies, collectively known as the “supermajors,” face a conundrum. They are cash-rich, sitting on reserves of $5 billion–$20 billion each, but their revenues are stagnating as global oil prices remain well under $50 per barrel and show no signs of climbing anytime soon.