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

February 2015
Imagine an energy source buried thousands of feet below us that can best be accessed by sending highly pressurized fluid to open fissures in underground rock. While hydraulically fractured—or “fracked”—natural gas might be the first example that comes to mind, in this case, the source is actually heat emanating from the Earth’s core. READ MORE
January 2015
Chattanooga, Tenn., has been known primarily for its Choo Choo, but lately it has been getting attention for a much faster form of transportation: electrons. The city’s municipal electric utility, the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, has recently built out an extensive fiber optic network that is being called the fastest in the United States. READ MORE
December 2014
Once upon a time, many solar-enthusiast homeowners saw their rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels as investments in a greener future, not as contributors to their own household budgets. Now, though, as panel prices have fallen and net-­metering compensation plans have proliferated, those panels are becoming real players in the nation’s electricity market. READ MORE
November 2014
In solar installations, ranging from rooftop panels and larger community- and utility-scale arrays, photovoltaics (PVs) are becoming increasingly important to our energy supply. With the growing presence of such intermittent resources comes mounting concern regarding their impact on overall grid stability. READ MORE
November 2014
Talk to folks in the electric vehicle (EV) industry about commercial charging opportunities, and there is a very good chance you’ll hear that old which-came-first/chicken-or-egg metaphor applied to the market’s potential. You need enough cars to make charging equipment profitable, but prospective EV buyers may balk if they fear there won’t be enough charging stations to meet their needs. READ MORE
October 2014
You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans. READ MORE
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