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

November 2015
Solar power continues to suffer from the obstacle of high upfront costs. Although the electricity it generates is free, that is still not enough to make up for the hefty cost of purchasing and installing the equipment for many consumers.
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November 2015
The solar power industry, like much commerce today, thrives on innovation and the drive to do more with less. Recently, one industry leader set a new standard when it announced a solar-panel technology with unprecedented levels of efficiency.
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November 2015
The high price of renewables relative to traditional fuel sources is their biggest drawback. Although the alternative-energy industry has made great strides in bringing down upfront costs, the perception remains that it is a long way from parity with fossil fuels.
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November 2015
Few one-trick ponies exist in the digital age. As cell phones have become portable computers, other devices also have taken on multiple functions.
 Electric vehicles (EVs) are no exception, and, as they gain in popularity, their utility grows, too. The value of EVs as an instrument to support the grid is catching on almost as fast as their ability to drive without gas.
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October 2015
When the Obama administration announced its much-anticipated Clean Power Plan in August, opposition emerged quickly. In fact, opponents had been fighting it before it was even made public knowledge.
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October 2015
Recently, Hawaii Gov. David Ige took a bold step by announcing his state would forgo liquified natural gas (LNG) in its pursuit of renewables. Speaking to attendees at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit & Expo held in Honolulu in August, the governor said, “Hawaii does not need or want LNG in our future.”
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October 2015
The convergence of digital communication and energy efficiency has encouraged the growth of a variety of niche industries and platforms.
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October 2015
The growth of renewables and other energy technology is not just changing the way consumers get their power. The trend toward nontraditional fuel sources also is contributing inadvertently to the growth of other, previously ancillary systems that are riding the wave of green technology. In some cases, they have become indispensable to it.
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September 2015
When conjuring images of renewable energy, hydropower is typically not the first thing that comes to mind. That’s usually wind, solar or geothermal. Further eroding hydro’s place, it wasn’t long ago that environmental opposition brought new dam construction to a halt. In some cases, existing dams were torn down. Nevertheless, water that fuels hydro generation is a renewable source of power.
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