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

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
August 2013
When today’s energy developers look offshore, most of them are concerned with oil and natural gas reserves lying beneath the ocean floor and the winds blowing a hundred or more feet above the water’s surface. READ MORE
July 2013
Nuclear power’s proponents are a bit like the Chicago Cubs fans of energy development—steadfastly optimistic, even in the midst of a current-season disaster. READ MORE
July 2013
“Net-zero energy” 
is the new “LEED-certified” 
when it comes to environmental boasting rights for commercial-building developers. READ MORE
  • What kind of contractor?

June 2013
Wireless technology is certainly getting attention these days. We’ve covered the extensive range of new home automation and security products and systems often here in the pages of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. READ MORE
June 2013
Upfront cost is one of the biggest challenges for commercial building owners interested in energy-efficiency upgrades and renewable-energy installations. Sure, the improvements pay for themselves over time, but commercial owners often think in terms of a two- to three-year payback period, which can limit choices to lighting replacements and other such quick fixes. READ MORE
May 2013
With advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)—smart meters—becoming widespread, utilities are exploring a range of new opportunities the devices’ advanced monitoring and control capabilities can allow. READ MORE
April 2013
New Year’s Day brought wind-energy developers a belated holiday gift when Congress included in its fiscal-cliff budget deal a one-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) that helps wind farms operate profitably. Slight changes in the language of the extended PTC will expand actual industry benefits beyond the stated Dec. READ MORE
March 2013
Today’s home automation market isn’t so much evolving as it is mutating, like one of those time-lapse videos of microbes in a Michael Crichton science-fiction movie. Product technologies seem to be developing faster than corporate marketing plans, so it can seem manufacturers are inventing new devices well in advance of actual consumer demand. READ MORE