Rick Laezman

Freelance Writer

Rick Laezman is a Los Angeles-based freelancer writer. He has a passion for renewable power. He may be reached at richardlaezman@msn.com.

Articles by Rick Laezman

April 2015
Nothing says you have arrived more than an endorsement by a Fortune 500 corporation. In the race to capture the hearts and minds of American consumers, renewable power has arguably reached critical mass. 
 When Apple and Google, two of the world’s largest corporations and purveyors of contemporary digital culture, choose to embrace renewable power, they indicate they care about clean energy.
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April 2015
All the hype surrounding smart grid technology masks a painful reality: Change is often disruptive. While the evolution of digital technology in the energy sector hasn’t always been easy for consumers, it is equally challenging for utilities.
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March 2015
As the electrical industry fully 
embraces the digital age, the needs of utilities and other large equipment users have been transformed. Their demands require a different form of testing to ensure new equipment can function in a highly sophisticated and rapidly changing environment. At one university, a research center has been built with this in mind.
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March 2015
As the role of renewable energy in California continues to grow, the need to store that power also expands. Renewables take on a higher profile as the state takes steps to fight climate change, but the intermittent nature of that power makes storage essential to its success.
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March 2015
In the quest for more sustainable energy practices, no technology is left out of the mix. For example, combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, has been around for many years, mostly in the domain of utilities and the industrial sector. Now, due to the need for greater efficiency and reliability, it is catching on in the commercial sector, too.
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March 2015
California has long been a champion of solar power, and solar installations in the state have been growing at a rapid pace. Many consumers would like to use solar power but are still unable to do so. Now, one California utility is giving these customers the option to embrace solar.
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March 2015
Despite their growing popularity and use, renewable power still faces the challenge of not being cost-competitive with fossil fuels. To compensate for this disadvantage, they have benefitted for many years from tax credits and other financial incentives.
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March 2015
In the quest to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, no state has done more than California. While records have been broken and standards have been set, much more can be done.
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February 2015
While the smart grid is a relatively new concept, it doesn’t take long for the next change to arrive. Until now, the buzz has been about how smart meters would play such a valuable role in the expansion of smart grids by enabling utilities and customers to exchange real-time data about energy consumption. Now, smart grids have become so much more.
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