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
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
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
September 2010
Officials at a Waukesha, Wisc., utility have announced plans to move forward with a project they have been studying for more than two years. In July, American Transmission Co. (ATC) decided that it was time to kick-start the proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line into the public outreach stage. READ MORE

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