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 2011
“VPP” is the latest electricity-system-of-the-future phrase in the expanding smart-grid lexicon. Virtual power plants (VPP) are the latest concept promising to improve distribution-system reliability and, possibly, to limit the need for new peak-period generating capacity, enabled by improved communications and response technologies. READ MORE
June 2011
The term “microgrid” has been a part of broader smart grid conversations for several years, but definitions have varied. Campus-sized projects have brought these electrical-systems-in-miniature to universities and military installations, but some smart grid advocates argue developers are thinking just a bit too small. Think urban scale, they say. READ MORE
June 2011
Discussions about the cost of photovoltaic (PV) systems generally focus on the obvious: the price of the panels that turn sunlight into electricity. While panels certainly factor into the overall expense, this singular attention ignores the inverters, connectors and other balance-of-system equipment and installation requirements. READ MORE
May 2011
As the aftermath of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami unfolded, many became mesmerized by photos and videos of desperate workers struggling against time to keep the disastrous situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant from becoming even worse. READ MORE
April 2011
Federal efforts to speed development of interstate transmission-line projects in designated areas of need were hit hard in February, when a federal court decision sent planners back to the drawing board. READ MORE
April 2011
Making the grid smart will require upgrading the system that now delivers our electricity from generating sources to our homes. New smart meters have captured the public’s imagination. READ MORE
March 2011
To borrow a horse-racing metaphor, electric vehicles (EVs) have barely left the starting gate in their efforts to transform our transportation system, but forecasters predict a growing market for the charging equipment needed to keep them on the road. READ MORE
March 2011
Just a few years ago, home automation control systems were seen as toys for the tech-savvy rich. Push-button window treatments, camera-monitored security and lighting scene-setting capabilities all were seen as extravagances—and, in many cases, each was individually controlled. READ MORE
March 2011
To borrow a horse-racing metaphor, electric vehicles (EVs) have barely left the starting gate in their efforts to transform our transportation system, but forecasters predict a growing market for the charging equipment needed to keep them on the road. READ MORE

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