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

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
May 2013
With advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)—smart meters—becoming widespread, utilities are exploring a range of new opportunities the devices’ advanced monitoring and control capabilities can allow. READ MORE
April 2013
New Year’s Day brought wind-energy developers a belated holiday gift when Congress included in its fiscal-cliff budget deal a one-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) that helps wind farms operate profitably. Slight changes in the language of the extended PTC will expand actual industry benefits beyond the stated Dec. READ MORE
March 2013
Today’s home automation market isn’t so much evolving as it is mutating, like one of those time-lapse videos of microbes in a Michael Crichton science-fiction movie. Product technologies seem to be developing faster than corporate marketing plans, so it can seem manufacturers are inventing new devices well in advance of actual consumer demand. READ MORE
March 2013
It’s understandable if that’s your reaction to what you anticipate will be yet another article extolling networked electric utility meters and talking refrigerators. These consumer-facing features continue to seem always another two or three years away from implementation. READ MORE
March 2013
We’re now more than a year into the release of the first two major players in the electric vehicle (EV) market—Nissan’s all-electric Leaf and Chevy’s hybrid-electric Volt, and results so far are decidedly, well, undecided. In the first half of 2012, sales figures were aiming toward the basement, but second-half results shot upward. READ MORE
February 2013
Conversations about renewable energy often come down to a comparison—solar versus wind, for example, or hydroelectric versus geothermal—as though one technology, alone, could provide the single answer to our need for safe, emissions-free electricity production. READ MORE