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

December 2011
It could be argued that the potential for success of a particular innovation can be measured by its effect on the existing technology operating around it. If that’s the case, then smart meters are here to stay. According to one recent study, utilities are making a strong push to acquire the necessary software systems that will enable them to manage the data they acquire from smart meters. READ MORE
November 2011
A retail chain known for its friendly greeters and low prices has taken a bold step to reduce the cost of powering its famously large stores. Retail giant Walmart has announced that 130 of its stores in California will be powered by the sun by the year 2013. According to the company, it has reduced energy costs by $1 million through its existing solar installations. READ MORE
November 2011
Despite the worldwide effort to wean itself off of fossil fuels and reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, a daunting challenge remains. Global demand for energy is on the rise. At an annual growth rate of 1.6 percent, world energy consumption is projected to grow by 53 percent over the next quarter of a century. READ MORE
November 2011
As the telecom and power industries become more sophisticated, so do the demands of electrical contractors. Fortunately, the tools and equipment contractors rely on are in step with these changes and just in time for the holidays. Providers and retailers offer a number of promotions and new products that reflect the latest high tech trends. READ MORE
November 2011
As efficiency emerges as the next frontier of energy transformation, the need for a well-trained, specialized labor force to sustain and encourage industry growth becomes a priority. The Obama administration, one of the biggest proponents of energy efficiency, recognizes this dynamic and has invested heavily in the proper grooming of future practitioners. READ MORE
November 2011
As the nation embraces energy efficiency in its shift toward green power, the role of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as an alternative to conventional light sources has also come into the spotlight. However, like so many other sources of clean power, cost is a major obstacle. Recognizing the potential of LEDs, the federal government has announced a major commitment to help address this problem. READ MORE
November 2011
Many measures gauge the progress of renewables’ ongoing quest to become a mainstream source of power. Among them is the race to surpass traditional sources for share of total energy production. In this regard, renewables have made great strides. In fact, according to one report, they have recently passed a milestone. The most recent Monthly Energy Review, published in August by the U.S. READ MORE
November 2011
As solar power becomes more popular, it also is becoming more affordable, and that is good news for an industry whose greatest handicap has always been its steep upfront installation costs. READ MORE
October 2011
It’s the nature of technology to continually break new ground. As one innovation catches on, another follows closely on its heels. For example, just as the smart grid is gaining traction, another new form of smart technology is poised for a breakthrough of its own. READ MORE