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

September 2008
After years of study and preparation, wind power is officially coming to two remote islands in Maine’s Penobscot Bay. This summer, members of the Fox Islands Electric Cooperative from the islands of Vinalhaven and North Haven voted overwhelmingly in favor of locating a wind-power project in their community. The final vote was 382 to five to support the project. READ MORE
August 2008
A federal judge in Nashville has declined to hold up a transmission project by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). His ruling ended a long-running battle between the utility and local residents, allowing the so-called Algood Transmission Line to be completed. READ MORE
August 2008
One of the advantages of solar power is the ability to generate power on-site, eliminating the need to transport it over transmission lines. READ MORE
August 2008
In June 2008, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom helped the city achieve a first when he signed a bill recently approved by the Board of Supervisors. Officials are touting the GoSolarSF program as the first-ever and largest solar program of its kind offered by a city in the country. READ MORE
August 2008
The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a joint initiative—the Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZ) project—to expedite the development and delivery of clean and renewable energy to those areas in the West with vast renewable resources. READ MORE
August 2008
PPL Renewable Energy announced plans in May 2008 to design, construct and operate a 1.7-megawatt solar-power system for Schering-Plough Corp. in Summit, N.J. When completed, the green energy project will be the largest rooftop solar installation in the United States. READ MORE
July 2008
Boise State University was recently named one of six Wind Application Centers in the nation through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind for Schools program. During the three-year program, Boise State undergraduates in engineering will manage the siting and construction of small, 1.9-kilowatt wind turbines at up to 12 rural Idaho schools. READ MORE
July 2008
Despite a plethora of foreboding trends lurking over the continent like an ominous black cloud—global climate change, escalating demand, aging and inadequate infrastructure—the outlook for North American electricity reliability for the coming summer season is surprisingly good. READ MORE
July 2008
Electric Transmission America (ETA), a joint venture of subsidiaries of American Electric Power (AEP) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., has formed a joint venture company with Westar Energy Inc. to build and own new electric transmission assets in Kansas. READ MORE

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