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 2016
Nothing is infallible. Even the growing deployment of smart-grid technology can’t eliminate power outages. According to a recent report, power outages continue to be a problem for businesses and residential customers.
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May 2016
Renewables are always setting some kind of record in their never-ending quest for market parity. Recently, in Germany renewables broke new ground by producing nearly 100 percent of the country’s electricity, if only for a short time. The new milestone had the additional effect of driving prices negative during the brief glut. READ MORE
May 2016
Offering an antidote to the variable nature of wind and solar, storage has emerged as an essential ingredient to the success of renewable power. Notwithstanding the publicity surrounding breakthrough products, such as Tesla’s PowerWall, the marriage of storage with solar installations has yet to get much traction. READ MORE
  • By Bodoklecksel (own foto) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
May 2016
Renewable industries have registered steady growth for several years. 2015 and the first part of 2016 have been no exception. Wind power has made great gains. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the first quarter of 2016 was the most productive first quarter of installations for the industry since 2012. READ MORE
April 2016
Government thresholds have become a commonly used tool in the pursuit of a cleaner energy mix that is less dependent on fossil fuels. Otherwise known as renewable energy portfolio standards (RPS), they require utilities in a given state to obtain a minimum percentage of their energy from renewable sources. According to the U.S. READ MORE
April 2016
From waves to wood chips to grass, the renewable energy era has been all about generating power from unlikely sources. A Washington, D.C., utility has taken this trend one step further and is harnessing power from sewage effluent.
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April 2016
The digital age has given us plenty of new lingo. From smartphones to the Internet of Things (IoT), the growth of technology has also created its own vocabulary. Now, it is time to add the term “smart state” to our digital dictionary.
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April 2016
Digital technology has made us more dependent on our electronic devices, and it has made us hungrier 
for power.
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April 2016
When something innovative catches on, other related technology often gets its own boost. In many cases, the success of the two is intertwined, each feeding off of the other. For example, it is hard to imagine the Internet without PCs and vice versa.
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