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

May 2012
Every silver cloud has a black lining, to twist an old cliche. In this case, the silver cloud is the burgeoning industry of green building, one of the stalwarts of the larger green power movement. Green building techniques have become the principal means by which buildings, existing and new, and their various supporting trades and professions reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. READ MORE
May 2012
In this age of energy transformation, the role of public opinion is clear. Although it does not make or break a particular energy source itself, it can serve as a reliable barometer for the future. A case in point is the surging popular support of renewable power, which has mirrored the rapid growth of the nation’s renewable industries. READ MORE
April 2012
Renewable power has the potential to transform our energy consumption, but like most innovations, it has a downside. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to a renewable-powered society is the intermittent nature of its generation. In other words, wind power works when the wind is blowing, and solar power works when the sun is shining. But what do we do when the sky is dark and the winds are calm? READ MORE
April 2012
As we transform into a high-tech, renewable-powered society, so must the grid we rely on to deliver our energy. Concurrent with those changes, the smart grid has emerged as the power delivery system for a new age. A modernized grid is not just intelligent meters that can inform a utility and its customers about details regarding power consumption. READ MORE
April 2012
In the long-running battle for the nation’s energy soul between green power and fossil fuels, victories are taken in measure. Despite their emergent success in recent years, renewables still have a long way to go to become the predominant power source. READ MORE
April 2012
As the global population grows and its energy use expands, consumers, policy-makers and utilities look to city leadership for models of effective program planning, design and implementation that help tackle the challenges that accompany expansion. Planners and providers will be scrambling to accommodate an additional 2.7 billion people in the world’s cities by 2050. READ MORE
April 2012
Innovation and support, both popular and political, have helped make renewables more competitive than at any other time in their history. Still, cost is the biggest stumbling block for businesses and homeowners who want to retrofit their property with energy-efficient power. In this environment, incentives abound, and one utility recognizes their importance. READ MORE
April 2012
Wireless has rapidly emerged as the predominant communication technology in the digital age. It has redefined the way we connect to the Internet, our devices and each other, giving an entirely new meaning to the concept of independence. READ MORE
March 2012
The hallmark of the cellular revolution is the ability to do so many things on the go. Smartphones have given an entirely new meaning to being mobile. In this sense, being mobile doesn’t just mean checking bank accounts or sending an email from a phone. On a more basic level, it means doing these (and so many other things) without being tethered to a stationary device. READ MORE

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