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

May 2015
Last fall, the Obama administration trumpeted a joint announcement with China to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For its part, the United States committed to cutting net greenhouse gas emissions 26–28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. READ MORE
April 2015
All the hype surrounding smart grid technology masks a painful reality: Change is often disruptive. While the evolution of digital technology in the energy sector hasn’t always been easy for consumers, it is equally challenging for utilities.
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April 2015
One of the cornerstones of the smart grid evolution is the smart meter itself. Capturing and sending data in real time between the utility and the consumer has enabled a level of communication between the two that is almost science fiction-like. READ MORE
April 2015
Energy efficiency has become one of the building blocks of the larger effort to transform the way society consumes electricity. Within the realm of efficiency, demand-response programs have become one of most effective tools for utilities to cut back on consumers’ energy consumption.
 Now that tool faces uncertainty as a legal challenge has put the future of those programs in doubt.
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April 2015
The benefits of renewable power extend beyond reducing carbon emissions and encouraging energy independence in the United States. The transition to an alternative-energy environment also creates valuable jobs.
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April 2015
Nothing says you have arrived more than an endorsement by a Fortune 500 corporation. In the race to capture the hearts and minds of American consumers, renewable power has arguably reached critical mass. 
 When Apple and Google, two of the world’s largest corporations and purveyors of contemporary digital culture, choose to embrace renewable power, they indicate they care about clean energy.
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March 2015
As the electrical industry fully 
embraces the digital age, the needs of utilities and other large equipment users have been transformed. Their demands require a different form of testing to ensure new equipment can function in a highly sophisticated and rapidly changing environment. At one university, a research center has been built with this in mind.
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March 2015
As the role of renewable energy in California continues to grow, the need to store that power also expands. Renewables take on a higher profile as the state takes steps to fight climate change, but the intermittent nature of that power makes storage essential to its success.
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March 2015
In the quest for more sustainable energy practices, no technology is left out of the mix. For example, combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, has been around for many years, mostly in the domain of utilities and the industrial sector. Now, due to the need for greater efficiency and reliability, it is catching on in the commercial sector, too.
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