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

January 2012
In the ongoing effort to make renewables a more attractive alternative than traditional sources of power, cost continues to place them out of reach for the average American consumer. Policy-makers recognize this dilemma and have poured millions in tax credits, grants and other forms of funding into the process of making the technology more affordable. Solar is no exception. In November, the U.S. READ MORE
December 2011
It’s not every day multinational corporations agree on something, especially not when it involves their competition. On the other hand, manufacturers know that standardization is vital to the adoption of new technology, and electric vehicles (EVs) are no exception. In early October, automakers announced their agreement to a standardized international EV charging system. READ MORE
December 2011
If federal subsidies are any indication of national trends, a recent announcement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) signals what may be the end of an era. READ MORE
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
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
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

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