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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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What’s Behind Canada’s Inflated Balance-Of-Plant Costs?

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on October 13, 2015

With more than 10 GW of installed capacity in Canada, wind energy now competes with traditional sources of electricity generation in many regions and is approaching parity in some others. To ensure the future viability of the technology, wind developers [Read More]

Provinces Grapple With Climate Change Plans Ahead Of Paris Conference

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Written by Mark Del Franco on October 07, 2015

Climate change is in the air as many of the wind-friendly provinces are finalizing their plans ahead of the forthcoming 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). During the opening general [Read More]

Not Dead Yet: Cape Wind Refutes Claims Of Its Demise

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Written by Mark Del Franco on October 01, 2015

Reports of Cape Wind's demise are not only greatly exaggerated, but they are also patently false, explains Dennis Duffy, vice president of regulatory affairs for Cape Wind, the embattled 468 MW offshore wind project proposed off the coast of Nantucket [Read More]

Connecticut’s First Utility-Scale Wind Farm Is Nearly Complete

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Written by Mark Del Franco on September 28, 2015

The principals behind Colebrook, Conn.-based BNE Energy are here to dispel a myth about the lack of wind development currently in the Nutmeg State. ‘There is wind in Connecticut; you just have to know where to look for it,’ explains [Read More]

Forthcoming New Jersey Offshore Wind Auction Puts The Spotlight On Uneasy State, Federal Dance

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Written by Mark Del Franco on September 08, 2015

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has confirmed that it will indeed host an offshore wind lease auction for sites off the New Jersey coast sometime this fall. According to BOEM, the auction contains nearly 344,000 acres that will [Read More]

Leading Ontario Wind Developers Respond To Large Procurement Call

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Written by Mark Del Franco on August 27, 2015

A ‘who's who’ of Ontario wind energy developers has responded to the provincial government's call for renewable energy projects exceeding 500 kW. Wind projects from NextEra Canada, Samsung C+T, RES Canada, EDF En Canada, EDP Renewables, Invenergy and GDF Suez [Read More]

Replenishing The Pipeline: EDF Renewable Energy Scoops Up Wind Developer OwnEnergy

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Written by Mark Del Franco on August 25, 2015

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has acquired Brooklyn, N.Y.-based OwnEnergy, a national developer of midsize wind projects. The transaction includes 100% of OwnEnergy's assets, including its pipeline of future wind projects. A purchase price was not disclosed. EDF RE – [Read More]

Too Much Of A Good Thing? Nova Scotia Ends Community Feed-In Tariff Program

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Written by Mark Del Franco on August 11, 2015

The Nova Scotia government will end the five-year-old community feed-in tariff (COMFIT) program, a decision that came after a program review that began in January. The COMFIT program, which came into existence in 2010 as a part of Nova Scotia's [Read More]

Duke Energy Renewables Says Its Eagle Curtailment Program In Wyoming Is Working

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Written by Mark Del Franco on July 14, 2015

Nearly two years after settling a $1 million avian mortality suit with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Duke Energy Renewables says technological advancement and good old-fashioned monitoring have provided valuable insights [Read More]

Renewable Energy Advocates Press Congress For Wind PTC, Solar ITC In Tax Extenders

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Written by Mark Del Franco on July 10, 2015

NAW has learned that the Senate Finance Committee is nearing the release of a mark-up bill extending about 55 tax incentives that expired at the end of 2014. The committee, chaired by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has yet to release [Read More]