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 2014
Fire is a building’s worst enemy, and time is a critical element. Each minute a fire’s progress can be slowed provides more time for occupants to get out of harm’s way and for firefighters to reach and extinguish a blaze. In this way, “firestop” material might be better labeled “fire pause” material. READ MORE
February 2014
Improving the efficiency of our nation’s buildings certainly isn’t a new goal. The energy crisis of the 1970s spurred a wave of energy-reducing innovations, including the first generation of building-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels to produce electricity on-site. Since then, the U.S. READ MORE
January 2014
We’ve gotten used to our local electric utilities asking us to ease up on the air conditioning and turn off unneeded lights during hot summer months. In the Northeast
(especially New England), those requests are becoming even more urgent in the winter. READ MORE
December 2013
The term “Intermittency” is often used when utility-industry experts discuss the drawbacks of renewable-energy supplies. Because the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine in parallel with our demand for electricity, utilities and merchant power generators still must keep backup supplies on hand. READ MORE
November 2013
With old-school, electromechanical dial-based electricity meters rapidly going the way of the rotary-dial telephone, it won’t be long before “smart meters” are called, simply, “meters.” Otherwise known as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), digital meters have rolled out by the millions over the last half-decade, and utilities are exploring the benefits their communications capabilities offer. READ MORE
October 2013
It hasn’t been easy to live in Connecticut the last couple years. First Hurricane Irene slammed through the state in August 2011, leaving some residents without electricity for weeks. A freak Halloween snowstorm two months later brought wires down again. Then Hurricane Sandy hit a year later, felling trees that, in turn, took down 11 separate transmission lines. READ MORE
October 2013
Net-zero energy buildings produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year, and they have been a goal for progressive designers and engineers for the last decade or so. READ MORE
September 2013
The phrase “disruptive forces” is not commonly heard (or desired) in conversations about electric utilities, outside of Weather Channel storm-coverage hyperbole or an alien-invasion blockbuster movie. READ MORE
September 2013
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming less of a novelty—though a Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf might still get the once-over in a local supermarket parking lot. So far, early adopters are gung-ho on their plug-in purchases, with the Volt topping Consumer Reports’ annual customer satisfaction index the last two years. But what will it take for these cars to make a dent in total U.S. auto sales? READ MORE

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