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

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
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
September 2010
California has a long history of rebellious behavior, dating back to the Bear Flag Rebellion that sought to make the then-Mexican territory into an independent nation. Settling for statehood in the United States more than a century ago apparently didn’t dampen the spirit of dissension. 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 Arguably, this may have been the case with the recent proposal, now withdrawn, to ban electric resistance space heaters in the International Conservation Codes.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
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

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