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

February 2013
In the late 1800s, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse faced off in what has been called the “War of the Currents,” with Edison trumpeting direct current (DC) for its efficiency and safety and Westinghouse backing Nikola Tesla’s alternating current (AC) for its usefulness in large distribution systems. READ MORE
January 2013
With doom and gloom being the predominant message regarding U.S. manufacturing these last few years, it’s somewhat surprising to hear news of optimism in that sector lately. But suddenly, companies seem to be rediscovering the appeal of the “Made in America” label, even when attached to high-tech products that seemed lost forever to a maze of inexpensive Chinese subcontractors. READ MORE
January 2013
While the smart grid has been the topic of much conversation lately, specifics on what this supposed technical marvel will do, cost or look like in actual utility installations have been notably lacking. The largest smart grid demonstration project to date has just gone live in the Pacific Northwest to provide those specifics. READ MORE
December 2012
As you read this article, the election is over but wind-energy proponents likely still are biting their nails over their own extremely tight race. The fate of a tax credit that kept the wind industry growing throughout the recent recession is set to be decided during the lame-duck 2012 legislative session, and some equipment makers already are preparing for the worst. READ MORE
November 2012
It’s no news that coal-fired electricity generation is in decline in the United States. Falling natural gas prices and increasing pollution regulations are combining to put aging plants in many states out of business. While natural gas-fired generation likely will pick up much of the slack, energy-efficiency advocates say more efficient and distributed generation should play a role, as well. READ MORE
October 2012
Electrical contractors pursuing alternative-energy and efficiency-upgrade projects may have better business-development luck these days than some of their new-construction-focused colleagues. U.S. READ MORE
September 2012
With commercial and residential business still lagging in many parts of the country, electrical contractors seeking a bottom-line boost may find better luck in municipal and institutional projects. Owners in this sector often are more concerned about lowering long-term operating costs than short-term payback and are investing in large-scale energy-efficiency upgrades. READ MORE
August 2012
U.S. solar-panel manufacturers might be hurting these days, but installers’ business is going gangbusters. In 2011, more than 1,800 megawatts (MW) of utility, commercial and residential capacity were installed, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), more than doubling 2010’s record figure of 877 MW. READ MORE
July 2012
The commercial construction market, in general, remains anemic, with one exception: data centers. Not only are we all buying more data-transmitting smart-phones, tablets, web-connected televisions—and, yes, even PCs—we also are moving data from our own hard drives to remote “cloud” servers. READ MORE

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