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

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
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
October 2010
The energy revolution is influencing America’s electricity consumption. Data released recently by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows a discernible change in the country’s energy use. On one hand, Americans used less energy overall last year. This decline paralleled a similar slowdown in economic activity. In other words, when the economy is bad, people use less power. READ MORE
October 2010
Despite the controversies around its benefits and drawbacks, offshore wind is seen by one coastal state as a viable source of renewable power. The state, New Jersey, is willing to make a sizable investment of public resources to tap into its full potential. READ MORE
October 2010
Innovation and economization are two driving principles of renewable power. It should come as no surprise to learn that solar power researchers may have developed a solution to the technology’s historically biggest impediment to widespread adoption: cost. READ MORE
October 2010
While groundbreaking developments in renewable power and energy innovation are nothing new in California, officials there were still no less eager to trumpet the state’s latest milestone in its ongoing quest to change the way power is generated and used. READ MORE
October 2010
A New Hampshire program that provides financial incentives to homeowners for installing solar- or wind-power generating systems may be a victim of its own success. Public officials are taking steps to prevent its demise. The state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently held a public hearing on a proposal to reduce the incentive payments by half. READ MORE

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