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

June 2012
After engineer David Kaneda’s firm moved into its own self-designed zero-energy building, an analysis of the zero-energy claim revealed that their photocopiers, printers, clock radios and coffee pots were threatening efforts to make the building self-sustaining. “plug load” is The hot topic in the energy-efficient building design field these days. READ MORE
May 2012
U.S. electric utilities are installing huge numbers of advanced electric meters across the country. These devices promise to enable new demand-response and time-of-use pricing schedules and improve overall distribution system performance. READ MORE
April 2012
When the economics of residential solar panels are up for discussion, the phrase “grid parity”—meaning the point at which solar-generated electricity is as cheap as the energy the local utility supplies—can quickly dampen enthusiasm. Though installed costs are dropping, critics say upfront expenses and extended payback periods still stand in the way of broader adoption. READ MORE
April 2012
One of the biggest challenges transmission-network operators face in integrating large-scale solar and wind farms into their operations is the variability of these natural resources. A passing cloud or a lull in the wind can wreak havoc on a transmission system, as can the generation peaks that occur when the sky clears again or the wind picks up. READ MORE
March 2012
Business still may be slow for many electrical contractors, with much of the construction industry remaining in the doldrums, but electrical pros specializing in major transmission work are experiencing a boom. READ MORE
February 2012
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is the nation’s biggest energy customer, and it wants to cut its bills. The DOD’s armed services all have initiatives underway to reduce energy use and increase adoption of renewable technologies, in both overseas operations and at stateside bases. In one of the most ambitious efforts announced to date, the U.S. READ MORE
December 2011
Alternative-energy watchers are to be forgiven for feeling a bit edgy when it comes to promises of market-shifting technologies. After all, that’s just what California--based Solyndra suggested U.S. Energy Department lenders could expect less than a year before the company went belly-up this summer. READ MORE
December 2011
Hurricane Irene likely will rank among the top 10 costliest catastrophes in U.S. history, with damage estimates totaling between $7 billion and $10 billion. In addition to the devastation Irene wreaked along the Eastern Seaboard, it marked the first time many electric utilities used social media seriously. READ MORE
November 2011
James Strange III, vice president of Louisville, Ky.-based Advanced Electrical Systems Inc., first began thinking about adding electric vehicle (EV) chargers to his company’s installation services at last year’s NECA Show. Though several exhibited products were still prototypes at that point, Strange saw an opportunity for driving his company’s business in a new direction. READ MORE

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