Chuck Ross

Freelance Writer

Chuck Ross is a freelance writer located in Brewster, Mass. He can be reached at

Articles by Chuck Ross

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
September 2007
High-temperature superconducting (HTS) distribution and transmission line has been at the nearly there stage for almost a decade, but industry participants say the technology is now approaching wide commercial use. These proponents say the technology offers a potential solution for utilities seeking to expand distribution capacity in cramped urban settings. READ MORE
July 2007
Beginning in 2009 or 2010, electrical contractors are likely to see a new breed of higher-efficiency liquid-filled distribution transformers hitting the market, thanks to new standards expected to be announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September. READ MORE
July 2007
Rising oil prices and fears of global warming are bringing new life to renewable energy technologies. Solar photovoltaics, wind turbines and fuel cells all offer great potential for lowering our fossil-fuel consumption, but one of the most promising sources of renewable energy may be right under our feet. READ MORE
May 2007
Utilities making smart investment in new meters READ MORE