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

November 2017
Another storm on the horizon and another image of electric utility trucks heading off to help with recovery efforts. That seemed to be an almost-nightly occurrence in late August through mid-September, as hurricanes Harvey and Irma made their way to the U.S. mainland. READ MORE
October 2017
In 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker. After all, how could our economy continue to grow without new generating plants to boost us on our way? The latest data from the U.S. READ MORE
September 2017
With recent intrusions into corporate computer systems of companies that own nuclear facilities, the threat of cyber attacks against U.S. nuclear power plants is more urgent. READ MORE
September 2017
If you buy a new car in 2040, there’s a better than 50/50 chance it will be powered by electricity rather than gas. In July, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) issued an exceptionally bullish forecast for electric vehicles (EVs), estimating 54 percent of global car sales, and an even stronger 58 percent of U.S. sales, will be EVs by 2040. READ MORE
August 2017
Developing buildings that generate as much energy as they use during the course of a year has become an important goal for the most environmentally minded owners and architects over the past decade or so, and a growing number of projects are succeeding in meeting this ambitious target. For some building types, however, meeting net-zero requirements can be particularly difficult. READ MORE
August 2017
With only 265,000 customers, Vermont’s Green Mountain Power (GMP) is among the nation’s smaller investor-owned utilities, though you’d never guess this from its influence as a renewable-energy innovator. READ MORE
July 2017
Right about now, the first of Tesla’s heavily promoted Model 3 electric vehicles (EVs) are rolling off of the assembly line. At a starting price of $35,000, before tax credits, the cars are less than half the cost of the manufacturer’s high-priced Model S and Model X, but still are promised to offer 200-plus miles between charges. READ MORE
July 2017
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That seems to be the attitude of electric utilities these days, as growing numbers of large energy users negotiate agreements to buy electricity directly from new wind and solar developments. READ MORE
June 2017
When it comes to generation and transmission system management, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays are often spoken of as a problem rather than as a solution. However, today’s sophisticated inverters and plant controls are helping to turn around this negative reputation. READ MORE