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

February 2008
Generating renewable power is only part of the equation; once electricity is captured from green sources, such as solar, wind and biomass, it has to be transmitted. According to a recent study, state governments are failing to supply the needed infrastructure to make this happen. READ MORE
February 2008
It's a locale not necessarily regarded for being friendly to the environment. Then again, it’s also a place known as a pioneer for change. The city and county of Los Angeles, known for its smog and crowded freeways, are both in the midst of adopting ambitious green building standards, which will improve energy efficiency and lower the environmental impact of new construction. READ MORE
February 2008
In the quest for competitiveness in mainstream energy markets, higher costs continue to be a challenge for renewable power. However, residents of at least one city in California don’t seem to mind the added expense. READ MORE
December 2007
For years, renewable power industries, such as solar and wind, have struggled to become competitive with traditional sources of power. Higher costs of production and lower demand have made it difficult for them to penetrate the nation’s energy markets. Government support in the form of tax credits and so-called renewable energy standards have helped to spur investment and increase demand. READ MORE
November 2007
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a number of states are seeing a significant number of new homes being built according to green building standards. READ MORE
November 2007
Thirty years ago, Californians had seen all they wanted of nuclear power. A law passed in 1976 prohibited the construction of new nuclear reactors. With the debate over greenhouse gas reductions now waging and with memories of the 2000–2001 energy crisis, at least one lawmaker has decided the time has come to rethink the highly controversial source of power. READ MORE
November 2007
The nation's largest producer of oil and gas has moved into the state with the most wind. British Petroleum (BP) Alternative Energy, a subsidiary of the international oil giant, has announced the groundbreaking of its first wind project in Texas. The project, named Silver Star 1, is located 80 miles southwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. READ MORE
November 2007
In September, the Princeton, NJ-based NRG Energy filed a combined construction and operating license application (COL) with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. If approved, the company will build and operate two new nuclear units at its South Texas Project nuclear power station site. READ MORE
November 2007
Transmission took another step forward recently. The Oklahoma City-based OG&E Electric Services announced its plans to construct the Oklahoma portion of a new 345-kV transmission line from north-central Oklahoma to a substation near Wichita, Kan. The project is part of the expanded Regional Planning Process, the area’s transmission organization. READ MORE

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