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

September 2010
Four years into the highly popular California Solar Initiative (CSI), officials are having a hard time seeing the light at the end of their 10-year tunnel. Adopted in 2006, with a goal of 1,940 MW of installed solar capacity by the end of the year 2016, the state agency in charge is straining to ensure the program’s $2 billion budget will last for the duration. READ MORE
August 2010
Renewable power faces many challenges in the quest for greater adoption nationwide. One that is often overlooked is the need for more transmission lines to accommodate all of the new electricity generated from wind, solar, biomass and other alternative-energy sources. READ MORE
August 2010
While the rhetoric about U.S. dependency on foreign oil continues unabated, a counter development is quietly taking place. For years, environmentalists, big oil detractors and others have lamented the inability of the electric car to get a jump start in American markets. Now, what once may have been considered a pipe-dream is motoring closer to a new phase of widespread adoption. READ MORE
August 2010
When it comes to renewable energy and the fight against global warming, innovation is the key. Recognizing the role of research and imagination in the quest for more efficient use of fuels, the Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a large award to several dozen ambitious research projects. READ MORE
August 2010
As the campaign against global warming gains political momentum, its reach can sometimes exceed its grasp. Like many political movements, zealous pursuit of a lofty goal can often lead to well-intended but ill-advised misfires. Arguably, this may have been the case with the recent proposal, now withdrawn, to ban electric resistance space heaters in the International Conservation Codes. READ MORE
August 2010
As the nation champions efficiency as one of the pillars of the new energy age, Wisconsin has emerged as one of the states leading the charge. In June, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $76 million in stimulus funding grants for advanced energy-efficient technology projects and training programs for new workers in this growing field of specialization. READ MORE
July 2010
Solar and wind power continue to grab the majority of headlines in the ongoing coverage of the growth of renewable power. Now, at least one other alternative-energy source has been quietly rising—literally and figuratively—in global use and awareness. READ MORE
July 2010
While most of the great, revolutionary benefits of the Internet have long since been recognized, there has been one holdout. Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) has never quite achieved a breakthrough into widespread adoption. There has been talk for years of the Internet displacing traditional phone lines as the preferred platform for transmitting calls. READ MORE
July 2010
With all the current hype -surrounding the development of renewable power, one looming question remains. The proverbial elephant in the room is whether existing infrastructure is adequate to transmit all of this newly generated electricity from solar, wind, biomass and other green sources. READ MORE

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