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 2011
The nation’s growing appetite for electricity, and for electricity generated by alternative-energy sources, demands a comparable expansion in the country’s transmission infrastructure, if all of that new power is to be delivered. The utilities serving the states of Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana have recognized that need for better transmission and jumped into action. READ MORE
July 2011
The devastating March earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a meltdown at the country’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, and triggered the latest cycle of drama in the ongoing and tumultuous affair with nuclear power. Two months after the Fukushima incident, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that her country would completely end its reliance on nuclear power. READ MORE
June 2011
Always a trailblazer, California has taken the bold step of increasing its renewable portfolio standard, which has helped inspire other states but is still comparatively higher. In April, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill X1-2, which will raise the state’s current renewable portfolio standard and extend the time frame another 10 years. READ MORE
June 2011
As if being an Internet giant is not enough, Google, the Mountain View, Calif.-based search engine company, is on to renewable power. In the span of little more than a decade, Google has transformed itself from garage start-up to an international corporation. READ MORE
June 2011
In the Herculean effort to wean the nation off fossil fuels, energy efficiency and renewable power share a common obstacle: cost. Despite growing national awareness and popular support, their prohibitive price tags prevent most American homeowners from making an upgrade. Federal officials have launched a new program that could provide some relief. READ MORE
June 2011
Despite recent reports of coal-fired power plants shutting down and states moving away from coal as a generation source, it seems the nation’s dominant source of fuel for generating electricity will be around for years to come. In the national dialogue about energy use and the push toward renewable power, small change can carry oversized implications. READ MORE
June 2011
It’s the nature of telecommunications and Internet providers and designers to continually innovate and break new ground. Landlines gave way to cell phones, and dialup gave way to broadband. Now, we are in the wireless age. By all accounts, wireless is taking over on multiple fronts at home and at work. READ MORE
April 2011
In its quest to transform energy use, California has set its sights on the state’s biggest users. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently announced the launch of a 2010–2012 Zero Net Energy Action Plan to help commercial building owners reduce their building energy use to “net-zero.” Zero-net energy (ZNE) buildings have a net energy consumption of zero over a typical year. READ MORE
April 2011
In its quest for widespread adoption, wind power has long suffered from the challenge of cost. Despite how intelligent it might seem to harness the wind for electricity, the main reason more turbines don’t grace the landscape is because they simply are too expensive to build and install. All that may soon change. READ MORE

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