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

August 2012
Efficiency and conservation have become well-established elements of the green power movement, and, in that regard, smart meters have become one of the primary tools to help consumers and utilities do their part. Although they have encountered opposition in some locales, adoption rates of the technology continues to grow, and one California utility has emerged as something of a standard-bearer. READ MORE
August 2012
In the quest for a more energy-efficient future, no detail gets overlooked. As part of the Obama administration’s strategy for increasing efficiency and reducing the cost of energy in America, the Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a significant investment in the processes that manufacture solid-state lighting technologies (SSL). READ MORE
August 2012
It’s almost an axiom that new technologies often get their start in the military. Take the Internet. READ MORE
July 2012
Offshore wind power has generated its fair share of buzz in recent years as a vast, untapped well of renewable power. Most of that publicity reflects the controversy surrounding offshore development proposed for the Atlantic coast, as proponents square off against environmentalists and property owners worried about intrusion on coastal views. READ MORE
July 2012
Already one of the nation’s wind power leaders, Iowa has taken another step to harness its vast renewable resource. READ MORE
July 2012
Most utility reserve margins are adequate to meet peak demands. That is the assessment of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) as the nation has hit the summer months in which heat can strain supplies. Even in a stumbling economy, consumers continue to demand vast amounts of electricity. READ MORE
July 2012
Strict regulations to limit the toxic air emissions from coal-fired plants in the United States are working. Many utilities striving to meet these tighter standards are finding they can’t afford the high costs of upgrades and retrofits to their aging facilities. Instead, they are retiring these plants and turning to other, cleaner sources of power. READ MORE
July 2012
While it’s good news for the air we breathe, the accelerating pace at which coal-fired power plants are being retired has a flip side. When coal-fired plants go offline, they take a major volume of generating capacity with them, and utilities must ensure they have the resources and the grid reliability to cover the loss. One utility that recognizes this challenge is FirstEnergy Corp. of Ohio. READ MORE
July 2012
For renewable power to reach complete penetration into mainstream markets, all the relevant players, including customers, government agencies, private industry and utilities must fully participate. When it comes to solar power, much recent growth has been driven by small-scale, customer-owned systems. However, change may be underway. READ MORE

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