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

July 2008
Unlike most commodities, electricity typically must be consumed when it is produced, so saving it up for a rainy—or exceptionally hot—day usually isn’t an option. However, several utilities now are studying new options for energy storage that could help ease peak-demand crunches and provide a boost to wind and other renewable-energy technologies. READ MORE
June 2008
Those who have followed the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry for the last 15 years or more can be excused for feeling a tad skeptical about current claims that now the industry is on the verge of taking off. However, with large utility incentives on the horizon and new financing mechanisms cutting owners’ initial outlays, it seems solar PV power may finally be ready for prime time. READ MORE
May 2008
During the debates surrounding the energy bill President Bush eventually signed last fall, Democrats argued long and hard for a national, mandated target for renewable energy production, called a renewable portfolio standard (RPS). That provision’s opponents, notably the electric utility industry, argued that existing RPS rules at the state level already were boosting renewable production. READ MORE
March 2008
Once only found in high-end home theater settings, the residential media server is poised to become the next middle-market must-have. Electrical contractors who aren’t positioning themselves in this low-voltage market could be missing out on a range of future opportunities because these devices are becoming hubs for broader home-automation applications, which also are reaching breakout status. READ MORE
March 2008
When it comes to information technology-facility design and construction, large-scale data centers have received more attention lately. It’s not difficult to see why. Data center construction remains one of the major bright spots in the building industry. READ MORE
March 2008
It's not difficult to find examples of transmission-planning projects gone awry. From Southern California to Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, electric utilities face heavy opposition to their plans to boost transmission capacity. In some areas, the situation is approaching a point that federal officials may be forced to impose siting plans to relieve serious congestion issues. READ MORE
February 2008
Raised access flooring is becoming a more common feature in today’s commercial and institutional buildings. Long preferred in computer-intensive locations, access flooring is now being manufactured in finishes that fit into more upscale settings as well. READ MORE
January 2008
Imagine being given a credit card with a seemingly infinite limit, and you never have to pay a bill. That, essentially, is the scenario many data center managers have enjoyed for the last decade or more when it comes to electricity-use oversight. Now, with energy prices climbing and utility capacities at their limits, that bill appears to be coming due. READ MORE
November 2007
Generating electricity using wind, solar and geothermal technologies produces none of the greenhouse gases fossil fuel-based plants create and could help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and gas. READ MORE

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