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

August 2017
Developing buildings that generate as much energy as they use during the course of a year has become an important goal for the most environmentally minded owners and architects over the past decade or so, and a growing number of projects are succeeding in meeting this ambitious target. For some building types, however, meeting net-zero requirements can be particularly difficult. READ MORE
August 2017
With only 265,000 customers, Vermont’s Green Mountain Power (GMP) is among the nation’s smaller investor-owned utilities, though you’d never guess this from its influence as a renewable-energy innovator. READ MORE
July 2017
Right about now, the first of Tesla’s heavily promoted Model 3 electric vehicles (EVs) are rolling off of the assembly line. At a starting price of $35,000, before tax credits, the cars are less than half the cost of the manufacturer’s high-priced Model S and Model X, but still are promised to offer 200-plus miles between charges. READ MORE
July 2017
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That seems to be the attitude of electric utilities these days, as growing numbers of large energy users negotiate agreements to buy electricity directly from new wind and solar developments. READ MORE
June 2017
When it comes to generation and transmission system management, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays are often spoken of as a problem rather than as a solution. However, today’s sophisticated inverters and plant controls are helping to turn around this negative reputation. READ MORE
June 2017
Until recently, the energy standards referenced by state and municipal building codes in the United States have emphasized performance levels of products specified for lighting, air conditioning and other building systems without reference to the importance of maintaining those performance levels over time. 
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May 2017
The U.S. nuclear-power industry just can’t seem to catch a break lately. While the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 plant made history last October as the first new U.S. READ MORE
April 2017
For electrical contractors 
specializing in bread-and-butter residential projects, such as changing out light switches and adding receptacles, the proliferation of the Internet of Things offers both challenges and opportunities. The challenge lies in the education needed to get up to speed on the capabilities and requirements of the latest generation of smart devices. READ MORE
April 2017
President Trump’s Campaign pledge to bring jobs back to coal mines could be holding former coal workers back from another energy sector that is booming and predicted to maintain a strong growth curve for at least another decade. That sector is wind generation.
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