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

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
As the underdogs in the energy world, wind and solar power are constantly trying to make their case against coal and other entrenched forms of power. While they have the advantage of being cleaner than fossil fuels, several factors—including price and intermittency—still put them at a competitive disadvantage.
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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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February 2015
It was only recently that incandescent lamps were rendered obsolete. Now fluorescent lamps are due for an upgrade.
 The quest for maximum energy efficiency is ongoing, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new efficiency standards for general service fluorescent bulbs (GSFLs) in December.
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February 2015
The intermittent nature of some forms of renewables—solar and especially wind—make storage technology an essential ingredient of their success. Storing the power generated from renewables allows it to be used at times when demand is high and generation is low.
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February 2015
In the larger quest to address climate change and energy use, efficiency plays a major role. Within the realm of efficiency, buildings have become a major focal point.
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January 2015
In the movement toward greater energy efficiency, buildings have been identified as one of the biggest targets. Changes in the standards that designers and policymakers use as a guideline for their own applications could pave the way for buildings to increase their efficiency beyond those gains already achieved.
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January 2015
While energy innovation enjoys a surge of popularity, one crucial element is still lacking: financing. Many forms of renewable power and other energy alternatives have made great strides toward lowering their costs and becoming competitive in open markets, but the challenges remain for many technologies.
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