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

  • Acuity Brand’s Trilia ceiling fixture, chosen by designer Leslie North for her home-based office, is marketed under the Winona Lighting nameplate.
April 2015
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are increasingly common in lamps and lighting fixtures in a range of settings. They are even beginning to dominate in some applications, including high-wattage area and streetlights. With $5 Edison-style lamps now showing up on Home Depot shelves, an LED takeover of the lighting industry might seem to be an all-but-foregone conclusion. READ MORE
March 2015
Our Houses—or, at least, the houses of the tech-savviest among us—are getting closer to running autonomously. Now, it’s not just that you can open your garage door or turn on your living room lights from a smartphone app. Today, many home devices actually are beginning to communicate with each other. Lock the door on your way out and your thermostat shuts off. READ MORE
March 2015
One of the many advantages 
smart meters were intended to bring to electric utilities and their residential customers was the ability to implement time-of-use (TOU) rates to help reduce peak-time electricity demand. Over the past five years, millions of smart meters have been installed across the United States, but TOU pricing is absent in most of the country. READ MORE
March 2015
Energy-efficiency programs have been a part of electric-utility operations for a decade or more, since state utility commissions began valuing the kilowatt-hours saved (aka negawatts) as an alternative to the new generation capacity they could potentially displace. READ MORE
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