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

June 2014
With all the hype 
surrounding sustainable energy, it would be easy to assume the transition to alternative-energy practices has the momentum it needs to carry itself forward. It would be just as easy to assume, as far as that same transition is concerned, that government intervention is unnecessary.
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May 2014
As technology and work practices continually evolve, standards can fall behind. This asynchrony doesn’t have to be disastrous all the time, but if left unchecked, it can eventually invite problems.
 Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) took the necessary steps to rectify one such occurrence of a standard that was 40 years out of date.
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May 2014
Safety gets the spotlight this month, but that doesn’t mean it will be forgotten the rest of the year. A topic as important as safety commands continuous attention.
 The NECA Show, to be held Sept. 27–30, 2014, in Chicago, will offer programs and resources to help contractors remain equipped and informed about the latest safety concerns.
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May 2014
In this age of sustainable energy, no stone is left unturned as every conceivable source of power is explored. Even the nuclear industry, a pariah of sorts to many clean-power proponents, has been exploring alternative fuels.
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May 2014
While the intermittent nature of wind and solar has long been the bane of renewables, it has been the potential boon of many fledgling storage technologies. Fly wheels, fuel cells, batteries and even electric vehicles all offer the possibility of storing power generated from renewables and delivering it when it is needed.
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April 2014
It is a well-established trend that demand for electricity continues to increase as consumers fall in love with their digital devices. Now, that dynamic is about to reverse.
 In a seemingly counterintuitive development, one company is predicting that energy use will fall even as the number of contraptions that consume that power increases. All of this will be courtesy of changes in lighting.
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April 2014
One-upmanship is commonplace in the new age of energy innovation, as manufacturers continually try to outdo their competitors with the next big thing. Electric vehicles (EVs) are no exception. 
 In February, Tesla—the Palo Alto, Calif., company that manufactures the car of the same name—announced plans to build the world’s first Gigafactory.
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April 2014
Wind power’s role in the transition to renewable energy and the fight against global warming has been well established. With its ability to harness a plentiful, free natural resource and convert it into electricity, the technology has become the cornerstone of many nations’ efforts to minimize or eliminate their dependence on carbon-emitting fossil fuels.
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April 2014
As society strives for greater energy efficiency, innovation continues to push new and more effective technologies to market. Unsurprisingly, one product cannot hold the top spot for very long. While compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) have displaced incandescents on store shelves, they will not be alone. LEDs are quickly gobbling up market share.
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