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
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
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
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

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