Chuck Ross

Freelance Writer

Chuck Ross is a freelance writer located in Brewster, Mass. He can be reached at chuck@chuck-ross.com.

Articles by Chuck Ross

October 2013
It hasn’t been easy to live in Connecticut the last couple years. First Hurricane Irene slammed through the state in August 2011, leaving some residents without electricity for weeks. A freak Halloween snowstorm two months later brought wires down again. Then Hurricane Sandy hit a year later, felling trees that, in turn, took down 11 separate transmission lines. READ MORE
October 2013
Net-zero energy buildings produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year, and they have been a goal for progressive designers and engineers for the last decade or so. READ MORE
September 2013
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming less of a novelty—though a Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf might still get the once-over in a local supermarket parking lot. So far, early adopters are gung-ho on their plug-in purchases, with the Volt topping Consumer Reports’ annual customer satisfaction index the last two years. But what will it take for these cars to make a dent in total U.S. auto sales? READ MORE
September 2013
The phrase “disruptive forces” is not commonly heard (or desired) in conversations about electric utilities, outside of Weather Channel storm-coverage hyperbole or an alien-invasion blockbuster movie. READ MORE
August 2013
When today’s energy developers look offshore, most of them are concerned with oil and natural gas reserves lying beneath the ocean floor and the winds blowing a hundred or more feet above the water’s surface. READ MORE
July 2013
Nuclear power’s proponents are a bit like the Chicago Cubs fans of energy development—steadfastly optimistic, even in the midst of a current-season disaster. READ MORE
July 2013
“Net-zero energy” 
is the new “LEED-certified” 
when it comes to environmental boasting rights for commercial-building developers. READ MORE
  • What kind of contractor?

June 2013
Wireless technology is certainly getting attention these days. We’ve covered the extensive range of new home automation and security products and systems often here in the pages of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. READ MORE
June 2013
Upfront cost is one of the biggest challenges for commercial building owners interested in energy-efficiency upgrades and renewable-energy installations. Sure, the improvements pay for themselves over time, but commercial owners often think in terms of a two- to three-year payback period, which can limit choices to lighting replacements and other such quick fixes. READ MORE

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