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

December 2013
You know you’ve hit the big time when New York City sings your praises. In October, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a plan to retrofit the streetlight network with LEDs.
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December 2013
While they may not be exciting, standards do as much for progress as technological innovations. In the last few years, design advances, popular support and political rhetoric have combined to make building energy efficiency a sustainable energy force as compelling as renewable power or electric vehicles.
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December 2013
Energy Efficiency’s expanding role in the sustainable energy movement can be assessed by various measures. One of them is the use of smart meters. If the results of one recent report are any indication, the technology is catching on.
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November 2013
A lot can be learned about changes in the energy sector by looking at the various markets that serve it. For example, demand for energy service companies mirrors building energy efficiency and renewable-power expansion. Market research firm Navigant confirmed this dynamic in its study, “The U.S. Energy Service Company Market,” which projects a robust phase of growth.
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November 2013
In a slightly different twist on the meaning of “wireless,” residents of one Southern California community are getting their wish as the local power provider rips out above-ground transmission lines and moves them underground.
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November 2013
While renewables’ overall contribution to worldwide energy production may still be relatively small compared to traditional sources of power, they have generated no small amount of buzz and hype by always managing to outsize themselves with some newer, bigger and better model that sets the standard for an industry.
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November 2013
As the nation continues to embrace alternative energy sources, the challenge of distribution becomes more pronounced. Utilities, providers, transmission operators and manufacturers need to find an efficient and reliable way to get all that new power to the grid.
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  • The Seaside Park, N.J. fire apparently started in an ice cream shop and spread several blocks down the boardwalk, which had already been damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
November 2013
Devastating storms, such as Hurricane Sandy, have a nasty habit of hanging around and reminding everyone how destructive they were, even after the winds have died down and the waters have receded.
 Residents of two seaside towns in New Jersey got a painful dose of this on Sept. 12, when a fire destroyed more than 20 businesses along the boardwalk.
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October 2013
Like all renewables, solar power faces a number of obstacles in its quest for mainstream growth. Overcoming those obstacles demands creativity, innovation and an open mind—and not just on the level of engineering and science.
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