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

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
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.
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
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
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
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