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

July 2012
Strict regulations to limit the toxic air emissions from coal-fired plants in the United States are working. Many utilities striving to meet these tighter standards are finding they can’t afford the high costs of upgrades and retrofits to their aging facilities. Instead, they are retiring these plants and turning to other, cleaner sources of power. READ MORE
July 2012
While it’s good news for the air we breathe, the accelerating pace at which coal-fired power plants are being retired has a flip side. When coal-fired plants go offline, they take a major volume of generating capacity with them, and utilities must ensure they have the resources and the grid reliability to cover the loss. One utility that recognizes this challenge is FirstEnergy Corp. of Ohio. READ MORE
July 2012
For renewable power to reach complete penetration into mainstream markets, all the relevant players, including customers, government agencies, private industry and utilities must fully participate. When it comes to solar power, much recent growth has been driven by small-scale, customer-owned systems. However, change may be underway. READ MORE
June 2012
Bolstering its reputation as an energy trendsetter and, at the same time, putting a positive spin on the narrative of one of the darkest chapters in its history, the Golden State has announced a major investment in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The money will come from the settlement of a claim that stems from the power crisis of 2001. READ MORE
June 2012
Like all renewables, photovoltaics (PVs) are in a constant state of innovation. Researchers are forever striving for breakthroughs in materials and productivity to help them lower costs and chip away at the historical advantage enjoyed by fossil fuels in mainstream energy markets. READ MORE
June 2012
You can never get too much of a good thing. That seems to be what Americans are thinking when it comes to their wireless connectivity. According to a recent survey from CTIA-The Wireless Association, Americans love mobile devices, and they want more. The semi-annual survey released in April revealed that U.S. READ MORE
June 2012
Despite the rhetoric, popular sentiment and public policies favoring green power, it may be surprising to realize that alternative-energy industries are still the underdog in the transformation of how we generate and consume power. The fact remains that nontraditional sources still face a Herculean task in their quest to capture U.S. READ MORE
May 2012
In this age of energy transformation, the role of public opinion is clear. Although it does not make or break a particular energy source itself, it can serve as a reliable barometer for the future. A case in point is the surging popular support of renewable power, which has mirrored the rapid growth of the nation’s renewable industries. READ MORE
May 2012
Within the larger effort to transform the way the nation receives and uses its power, efficiency holds first-tier status, right next to solar, wind and electric cars. The importance of building energy use within the realm of efficiency also is well-established. A recent study of the market for building energy-efficiency retrofits puts that importance into quantifiable terms. READ MORE

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