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

October 2012
As the use of renewable power, electric vehicles (EVs) and the smart grid become more widespread and integrated, one challenge also becomes more apparent: storage. Thankfully, the experts are on it. This summer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding for the development of new technologies in this field. READ MORE
October 2012
Much of the smart grid’s strength lies in its use of wireless technology to improve monitoring, information flow and efficiency. As powerful as that combination may be, a couple of California utilities have taken it to a new low. That is to say they have taken it underground. READ MORE
October 2012
Several solar industry training programs and facilities have been developed in various states, the most recent in Utah, to prepare the work force. In early September, Salt Lake Community College celebrated the opening of its solar training yard located at the college’s Meadowbrook Campus in Salt Lake City. The training yard is the only one of its kind in the state. READ MORE
September 2012
Always a leader in renewable power and new technology, the Golden State has taken another step to make sure it stays out in front. READ MORE
September 2012
One of renewable energy sources’ biggest challenges is the intermittency of power generation. Finding a way to store power for later use helps make renewables more practical for tying into the grid where demand does not always coincide with the wind or the rising sun. A group of utilities in Washington may have found a way to overcome that challenge. READ MORE
September 2012
The headquarters for Burbank (Calif.) Water and Power (BWP) has slowly transformed into a green campus. The effort involved repurposing some of the utility’s decaying old facilities, which, in some cases, were more than 100 years old. READ MORE
September 2012
The ongoing quest for more efficient, greener power seems to touch on almost every aspect of modern life, including cars, home electricity, manufacturing and building construction. Even lighting has come under scrutiny. In that regard, a recent report by the U.S. READ MORE
September 2012
Despite the growing popularity of solar power, the one thing that still casts a long shadow over the technology, and keeps everyone from installing a new photovoltaic (PV) system on their rooftop, is the high upfront cost. Recognizing this barrier, incentives are the norm. New York has adopted a generous package of incentives designed to power more homes and businesses by the sun. READ MORE
September 2012
Research into photovoltaic (PV) technology, like all renewables, is always striving for greater efficiencies and lower production costs. That quest often creates seemingly unimaginable possibilities. For example, consider solar glass with a view. While it may sound a little far-fetched, one recent breakthrough could give new meaning to the concept of power windows. READ MORE

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