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

December 2017
While restoration of Puerto Rico’s electrical transmission and distribution systems following Hurricane Maria was still in its early stages, Gov. Ricardo Rossello pledged to have power restored to 95 percent of the commonwealth’s citizens within two months. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) took charge of the reconstruction effort, working to replace the previous system, like-for-like. READ MORE
December 2017
A decade ago, lighting products using LEDs were just breaking into the broad commercial market for limited applications and, at times, considerable expense. Today, LED fixtures and lamps meet or exceed performance targets set by legacy incandescent, fluorescent and halogen technologies, and product developers are expanding into new light quality and control capabilities unique to LEDs. READ MORE
November 2017
Another storm on the horizon and another image of electric utility trucks heading off to help with recovery efforts. That seemed to be an almost-nightly occurrence in late August through mid-September, as hurricanes Harvey and Irma made their way to the U.S. mainland. READ MORE
October 2017
In 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker. After all, how could our economy continue to grow without new generating plants to boost us on our way? The latest data from the U.S. READ MORE
September 2017
If you buy a new car in 2040, there’s a better than 50/50 chance it will be powered by electricity rather than gas. In July, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) issued an exceptionally bullish forecast for electric vehicles (EVs), estimating 54 percent of global car sales, and an even stronger 58 percent of U.S. sales, will be EVs by 2040. READ MORE
September 2017
With recent intrusions into corporate computer systems of companies that own nuclear facilities, the threat of cyber attacks against U.S. nuclear power plants is more urgent. READ MORE
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