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Mark Del Franco
Focusing on all aspects of the wind industry, Mark Del Franco has served as editor of North American Windpower magazine since 2008. From the ongoing saga of the production tax credit to the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry to Ontario's feed-in tariff struggles, Del Franco has covered it all in U.S. and Canada.

Blattner Energy Celebrates 110 Years Of Ingenuity And Industry Milestones

Posted by Mark Del Franco on September 13, 2017

Avon, Minn.-based renewable energy and premier power generation contractor Blattner Energy is celebrating its 110th anniversary marked with milestones and achievements. According to Blattner, several milestones are worthy of celebration. They include the following: A No. 1 ranking for U.S. [Read More]

Beer Giant Signs VPPA With Enel Green Power

Posted by Mark Del Franco on September 13, 2017

Anheuser-Busch has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to purchase the energy delivered to the grid and renewable electricity credits from a portion of Enel Green Power’s (EGP) 152.5 MW Thunder Ranch wind project. According to the beer baron, the [Read More]

Goldwind Works Partners With Casper College On Training Program

Posted by Mark Del Franco on September 13, 2017

Chicago-based Goldwind Americas and Wyoming’s Casper College are partnering to host the first two-week wind technician training course. Sponsored by Goldwind Works, the training program will begin on Oct. 16 on the Casper College campus. Goldwind Works is accepting applications [Read More]

DONG Energy Invades Canada, Signs Intent To Develop B.C. Offshore Wind Site

Posted by Mark Del Franco on September 13, 2017

DONG Energy and NaiKun Wind Energy Group have signed a letter of intent (LOI) that gives DONG Energy the exclusive rights to negotiate a joint development agreement for the Haida Energy Field Offshore Wind Project in British Columbia and explore [Read More]

Raycap Upgrades Surge Protection Device

Posted by Mark Del Franco on September 13, 2017

Raycap has upgraded Strikesorb, its flagship surge suppression device. According to Raycap, the enhancements upgrade the Strikesorb 30 to a Class I surge protective device, in addition to its present Class II rating, per IEC 61643-11. The enhanced version provides [Read More]

AXIS Insurance Taps Tom To Grow Renewables

Posted by Mark Del Franco on September 11, 2017

Seeking to grow its renewable energy business unit, AXIS Insurance has named Christina Tom vice president and renewable energy underwriter. According to AXIS, she will be responsible for leading its U.S. West Coast business, underwriting wind, solar and energy storage [Read More]

Wind Companies Donate To Post-Harvey Recovery Efforts

Posted by Mark Del Franco on September 11, 2017

Wind energy companies will donate $1 million to Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuilding as partners of Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Hammers Back initiative. Participating companies include Apex Clean Energy, Blattner Energy, Duke Energy, EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables, Enel Green [Read More]

Maryland Goes All In: PSC Decision Clears Path For US Wind, Deepwater’s Skipjack

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Written by Mark Del Franco on May 11, 2017

The Maryland Public Service Commission reaffirms Gov. Larry Hogan’s sentiment that the state is “open for business.”

Goldwind USA Continues To Click Off Milestones

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Written by Mark Del Franco on May 09, 2017

With a noteworthy project win, as well as product announcements, the turbine maker has been on a roll of sorts lately.

How To View The Block Island Wind Farm

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Written by Mark Del Franco on October 27, 2016

From the classic New England lighthouses to an unexpected cameo appearance by some fun-loving dolphins, the U.S.’ first offshore wind farm offers a plethora of surprises.