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 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
November 2007
Under the shadow of global warming, three more states have taken steps to cut emissions from greenhouse gases. This summer, Illinois, New Mexico and North Carolina announced strict new minimum standards for the use of renewable power. READ MORE
October 2007
A year after surpassing California as the nation’s leader in wind power capacity, Texas’ lead is solid and growing. In 2006, the Lone Star state marked the second year in a row that it led the nation in wind power production. According to the American Wind Energy Association, Texas had 2,768 megawatts (MW) of wind power generating capacity installed at the end of 2006. READ MORE
October 2007
Lementing its role as the nation’s wind power leader, Texas is taking on two new wind farm developments on a scale that would make the state proud. In July, Shell WindEnergy Inc. and Luminant, a subsidiary of TXU Corp., announced a joint development agreement for a wind project in Texas. The Briscoe County project will have a capacity of 3,000 megawatts (MW). READ MORE

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