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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.
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Latest Michigan PPAs Exemplify The Power Of Wind Energy’s Production Tax Credit

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on May 30, 2013

Recently approved power purchase agreements (PPAs) by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) underscore the continuation of several positive trends of late, including utility procurement of wind, the lowering of cost per MWh and the effectiveness of the production tax [Read More]

As U.S. DOJ Investigates, Duke Works Adaptive Management Plan

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Written by Mark Del Franco on May 16, 2013

Duke Energy Renewables has confirmed that it is a subject of a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) preliminary investigation resulting from the incidental deaths of golden eagles and other migratory birds at two Wyoming company-owned wind farms. Duke Energy Renewables, [Read More]

DOE To Recast Landmark 20% Wind Energy Report; Study Looks Back, Ahead

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Written by Mark Del Franco on May 14, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Program is revisiting the conclusions from its 2008 study that contemplated the technological and regulatory road map for the U.S. wind industry to achieve 20% wind energy by 2030. The landmark report, ‘20% [Read More]

Wind Energy Procurement Top Of Mind For Big-Name Companies

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Written by Mark Del Franco on May 09, 2013

Google likes wind energy. So does Motorola and Bloomberg. Ditto Walmart, which intends to become even more active in wind energy procurement. ‘Walmart is open for business when it concerns wind,’ Greg Pool, Walmart's senior manager for renewable energy and [Read More]

WINDPOWER Panelists Issue A Call To Arms: Protect RPS Mandates

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Written by Mark Del Franco on May 07, 2013

Wind industry participants can help advocate in five states where legislative bills are coming due for a vote regarding renewable portfolio standards (RPS), according to Gabriel Alonso, CEO at EDP Renewables North America and chairman of the board of directors [Read More]

LIVE FROM WINDPOWER: AWEA Chairman Urges Proactive Approach To Wind Energy Advocacy

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Written by Mark Del Franco on May 06, 2013

Gabriel Alonso, the CEO of EDP Renewables and incoming chairman of the board of directors at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), laid out a five-point plan to ensure the wind industry's viability and sustainability during the opening general session [Read More]

AWEA’s New CEO Greets WINDPOWER Attendees

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Written by Mark Del Franco on May 06, 2013

Tom Kiernan, the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) incoming CEO, took to the stage Monday morning to briefly greet attendees during the opening general session at WINDPOWER 2013, being held in Chicago through May 8. AWEA recently named Kiernan to [Read More]

Wind Industry Still Awaits First Eagle-Take Permit Under BGEPA

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Written by Mark Del Franco on May 02, 2013

NAW has learned that West Butte Wind Power LLC has withdrawn its permit application enabling the developer to ‘take’ golden eagles at a proposed wind project in central Oregon. According to the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), the West Butte [Read More]

Meet Tom Kiernan, The Man Tasked With Leading The U.S. Wind Industry

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Written by Mark Del Franco on April 25, 2013

On April 25, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) named Tom Kiernan its next CEO. Kiernan takes over for former policy director Robert Gramlich, who was named interim CEO following Denise Bode's Dec. 14, 2012, resignation. Although Kiernan does not [Read More]

PTC Update: IRS Clarifies ‘Commence Construction’ Requirements

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Written by Mark Del Franco on April 16, 2013

In order to qualify for the production tax credit (PTC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says that renewable energy projects starting construction in 2013 must be able to demonstrate ‘significant work of a physical nature’ and show that 5% of [Read More]