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
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
September 2010
In the quest to make solar power a mainstream electrical power generation source, improving photovoltaic cells’ efficiency has been the industry’s Holy Grail. READ MORE
September 2010
Achieving efficiency from building retrofits has become one of the latest targets in the energy-reform movement, but so far, attempts have failed to pierce the bull’s-eye. 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

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