Chuck Ross

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Chuck Ross

October 2014
Electric vehicles (EVs) appear to be in a boom cycle in 2014. Year-to-date figures at the end of June were up 33 percent compared to 2013’s numbers, and May, June and July all posted sales in record or near-record territory, according to the EV-tracking website READ MORE
September 2014
With the ability to turn off lights during peak-demand periods, demand-response (DR) programs offer a number of advantages for larger commercial and industrial electric-utility customers. These benefits can include utility incentive payments and, of course, lower electricity bills. READ MORE
August 2014
Rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels might not yet be a standard home appliance, but they could be on their way if current growth rates keep up. Even after several record years, installation figures continue to climb. READ MORE
August 2014
Last month, We began our exploration of how—and how much—today’s electrical contractors (ECs) are working, with Part 1 of our coverage of the 2014 Profile of the Electrical Contractor. We focused on the kind of work ECs are doing and the types of projects most important to their bottom lines. READ MORE
July 2014
So, tell us, how the heck are you? Oh, wait, we already asked 
you that while conducting our recent Profile of the Electrical Contractor research study. More than 2,700 of you responded, using snail mail and the Internet, 
and told us what it’s like to be an electrical contractor (EC) in this day and age. (Editor's note: To read part 2 of the Profile, click here.) READ MORE
July 2014
In January 2013, the Edison Electric Institute—the leading advocacy group of the investor-owned utility industry—released a report predicting “significant future disruption to the utility business model,” thanks to growing adoption of distributed generation resources. READ MORE
July 2014
While battery innovators have continued to tweak their products’ chemistries in search of the perfect, safe and affordable companion to rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels, a number of energy-storage entrepreneurs have made an end-run around this technology conundrum. Instead of seeking to supply a facility’s complete energy needs, their business models are based on sophisticated software. READ MORE
June 2014
The house of tomorrow is now 90 percent here, according to Michael Koenig. He leads a project that has added the remaining 10 percent of needed innovation to construct a prototype home that is actually net-positive in its energy use—i.e., it is anticipated to produce more energy than its own operations consume on an annual basis. READ MORE
May 2014
A lot can happen in 30 years. Infants grow into adults, state-of-the-art computers become museum pieces and long-lived electric-utility business models can disintegrate. With the price for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and batteries dropping quickly, a Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) report suggests grid-supplied electricity soon could face competition from customers who decide to go it alone. READ MORE