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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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Siemens Turbine Fails At Sempra’s Auwahi Wind Complex

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on October 06, 2016

On Sunday, Oct. 2., components of a Siemens 3.0 MW direct-drive wind turbine inexplicably separated from the tower and fell to the ground at the 21 MW Auwahi Wind complex in Hawaii.

Serious Injuries Sustained At Ninnescah Wind Farm; OSHA Opens Inquiry

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on July 12, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an inquiry after two construction workers recently sustained injuries in separate incidents at the same site in less than a week.

AWEA Fact-Checks Donald Trump’s Recent Wind Energy Comments

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on May 31, 2016

The American Wind Energy Association has responded to Donald Trump’s recent remarks on wind, including claims about cost and danger to birds.

DONG Talks Up Bay State Wind In Advance Of State Legislation

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on May 09, 2016

European developer DONG Energy extols the benefits of offshore wind while Massachusetts – a state already well versed in the renewable energy technology – contemplates an energy bill.

EPC Provider Planning Big Splash In U.S. Wind Market

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on April 14, 2016

A dominant player in Canada, engineering, procurement and construction services provider Amec Foster Wheeler is expanding to the U.S. wind market.

Block Island Wind Farm Kicks Off 2016 Construction

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on March 22, 2016

With the initial tower sections that will eventually support five Haliade 6 MW offshore wind turbines serving as the backdrop, Deepwater Wind, GE, and political and labor leaders kicked off the project’s 2016 construction season.

Attending WINDPOWER 2016? Expect Some Subtle Changes This Year

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on March 03, 2016

With federal policy squared away, the American Wind Energy Association says attendees should expect some new wrinkles at this year’s annual show.

Merger Mania? Contemplating A Siemens/Gamesa Marriage

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on February 02, 2016

A potential coupling of rival turbine suppliers is the latest in a spate of recent deals among original equipment manufacturers.

ACCIONA Reaffirms Wind Power Plans For North America

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on January 26, 2016

After nearly three years of relative inactivity in the U.S., the company sees great opportunity to acquire mid- to late-stage wind projects.

Risk-y Business: Regional Bank Digs Into Renewable Energy

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on November 19, 2015

Since financing a 1.4 MW stationary fuel cell at Central Connecticut State University in 2011, Webster Bank has financed approximately 60 MW of renewable energy projects, including two Maine-based wind farms and a residential solar installation in Connecticut. Its latest [Read More]