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

July 2014
One measure of an industry event’s success is the common experience of its attendees. Presenters and products are key, but the event’s ability to bring colleagues together to meet, reunite and connect is equally important.
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June 2014
At a time when almost everyone and everything seems to be connected, it may be hard to imagine that the benefits of the digital age have not touched every corner of society. As implausible as it may seem, the digital divide persists. Several states have taken steps to narrow the gap, and their efforts appear to be paying dividends.
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June 2014
With all the hype 
surrounding sustainable energy, it would be easy to assume the transition to alternative-energy practices has the momentum it needs to carry itself forward. It would be just as easy to assume, as far as that same transition is concerned, that government intervention is unnecessary.
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June 2014
Times are changing for the electrical contractor (EC). The trend even affects the basics. As Electrical Contractor focuses on the latest developments in cabling and controls, the 2014 NECA Show in Chicago, Sept. 28–30, will also feature vendors and education to help practitioners stay ahead of the game.
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June 2014
Despite growing popularity, renewables still face challenges. The list includes such hurdles as high installation costs and intermittency. Taxes will make the costs even higher.
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June 2014
As in any industry, the landscape of utilities is always changing. Part of this dynamic is fueled by the need for big companies to strengthen their positions and maximize profits. Those same motives fueled a recent acquisition that produced a new giant among the nation’s electric utilities.
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May 2014
As technology and work practices continually evolve, standards can fall behind. This asynchrony doesn’t have to be disastrous all the time, but if left unchecked, it can eventually invite problems.
 Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) took the necessary steps to rectify one such occurrence of a standard that was 40 years out of date.
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May 2014
Safety gets the spotlight this month, but that doesn’t mean it will be forgotten the rest of the year. A topic as important as safety commands continuous attention.
 The NECA Show, to be held Sept. 27–30, 2014, in Chicago, will offer programs and resources to help contractors remain equipped and informed about the latest safety concerns.
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May 2014
In this age of sustainable energy, no stone is left unturned as every conceivable source of power is explored. Even the nuclear industry, a pariah of sorts to many clean-power proponents, has been exploring alternative fuels.
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