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

December 2010
It is widely recognized that a major upgrade to the nation’s transmission infrastructure is a cornerstone to the new energy movement. Aging and inadequate lines are not up to the task of delivering enough power to meet rising demand or to bring new power generated from renewable sources onto the grid. Energy planners in New England understand the point. READ MORE
December 2010
With the cornucopia of wireless technology products consumers enjoy today, it’s almost hard to remember that, only a few years ago, much of it was only a pipe dream. Then, wired broadband was still the rage. On the other hand, recent trends in spending by American businesses show that, despite the wireless growth, the older technology is in no danger of becoming obsolete. READ MORE
November 2010
One of the biggest obstacles to kick-starting the alternative-energy industries is cash. Funding pays for research and development of new and more efficient products, which makes the industries more cost competitive with traditional power sources. Without the money, it’s a proverbial Catch-22. READ MORE
November 2010
As the smart grid grows, so do solar and wind power, the two stalwarts of the renewable-power transformation. But one of the biggest strikes against the two has been the intermittent nature of the electricity they generate. In other words, they can only produce electricity when natural conditions allow it, and this does not always correspond to the times of greatest demand. READ MORE
November 2010
In late September, President Obama signed a hotly contested bill that will give two legs up for small businesses in the form of a heavily funded loan program and multiple tax breaks. READ MORE
November 2010
Solar power in an aerosol can? If recent advancements are any indication, the solar industry may be getting close. It’s the nature of renewable-power industries to innovate. Innovation leads to optimization, and optimization leads to cost savings, which leads to competitiveness with other entrenched, mainstream sources of power. READ MORE
November 2010
The road from potential to actual is often long, winding and windy. Add controversial, and you have the path taken by offshore wind to becoming a viable source of electricity for America’s energy markets. READ MORE
November 2010
After clearing some regulatory hurdles, the power provider for central Maryland is set to unveil a new smart grid. In September, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE), Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, announced that it has teamed up with two other companies to launch a smart meter network for its 1.2 million customers. The network is part of BGE’s smart grid initiative. READ MORE
November 2010
While offshore wind has long been delayed due to opposition, proponents are positive and committed to a future powered by turbines, just out of sight, up and down the coast. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Atlantic states where most of the controversy, and most of the optimism, seems to reside. READ MORE

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