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

March 2016
The state of Nevada’s rapidly growing residential solar-power industry ground to a halt in January 2016, as public utility commissioners approved a new rate structure that effectively erases state-level incentives for rooftop-solar installations. READ MORE
March 2016
Five years ago, as plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) began hitting the road in numbers, U.S. gasoline prices were running around $3.50 per gallon and heading upward, and automakers saw a great market opportunity for cars that granted their drivers independence from the gas pump. READ MORE
February 2016
When we last left the U.S. solar-power industry, it was staring at a fiscal cliff. In “Clouds Ahead for Solar” (ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, December 2015), we reported on the possible expiration of two important tax credits at the end of 2016 and how this could mean the loss of thousands of solar-related jobs and billions of dollars of related investment. READ MORE
January 2016
In January 2014, a weather front known as a “polar vortex” descended from Canada’s arctic north and brought frigid temperatures and heavy snow and ice as far south as Texas and eastward to the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Along with the cold came concerns that electricity supplies could run short, leaving millions without light or heat. READ MORE
December 2015
It’s not news that the solar-power industry has been shining brightly the last few years. In the second quarter of 2015, 729 megawatts (MW) of commercial and residential solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity was added to the nation’s utility grid, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Thanks to the scheduled expiration of a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) on Dec. READ MORE
November 2015
As the dangers of arc flash have become better known, the market for arc-rated (AR) clothing has grown. Unlike earlier offerings, many of today’s garments can be comfortable to wear on a daily basis. READ MORE
November 2015
Residential demand-side management (DSM) programs aren’t a new concept. As far back as the 1970s energy crisis, electric utilities had programs enabling separate rates for customers’ water heaters (which was then a typical home’s biggest energy user). READ MORE
October 2015
This past April, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk grabbed headlines with the introduction of two battery-based energy-storage products from the new Tesla Energy subsidiary he claims will “fundamentally change how the world uses energy.” Perhaps even more important to Musk’s ambitious goal is the anticipated 2016 production startup at the company’s “Gigafactory,” now under construction in the Nevada dese READ MORE
October 2015
In his 2011 State of the Union message, President Barack Obama set a goal to have 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by the end of 2015. That isn’t likely to happen. As of 2014’s close, less than one-third of that number were on the road (2015’s numbers aren’t yet available), but that doesn’t mean EVs won’t have a place in our future transportation portfolio. READ MORE