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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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SunEdison Acquires 930 MW From Invenergy

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on July 07, 2015

SunEdison and yieldco TerraForm Power have acquired 930 MW of installed capacity from Chicago-based independent power producer Invenergy. The $2 billion acquisition calls for the immediate acquisition of 460 MW with the remaining 470 MW to be acquired by a [Read More]

What The Supreme Court’s MATS Ruling Could Mean For The Clean Power Plan

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on June 30, 2015

By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) erred in its rulemaking of its Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS). In doing so, the decision could be a harbinger of things to come, [Read More]

Small Project In Illinois Could Make Big Headlines In Wind Farm Construction

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on June 23, 2015

Citing nonpayment for services rendered, Fort Worth, Texas-based construction services firm AUI Holdings aims to foreclose on the Sublette, Ill.-based Papiech wind project, which consists of a 2.5 MW Clipper wind turbine perched on a post-tensioned 100-meter concrete tower. AUI [Read More]

DOE Will Evaluate Offshore Wind Alternates Should Down-Select Awardees Falter

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on June 11, 2015

It has been 13 months since the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected Dominion Virginia Power, Fishermen's Energy and Principle Power as the winning recipients in the next round of funding for innovative offshore wind technologies. The DOE, which is [Read More]

Developer Claims Ontario Government Officials Knowingly Destroyed Emails, Obfuscated Evidence

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on June 04, 2015

Offshore wind developer Trillium Power Wind Corp. is claiming that Ontario officials knowingly destroyed and obfuscated evidence relating to its lawsuit against the provincial government. More damning: Trillium claims it has the documents to prove it. As such, Trillium has [Read More]

Gone With The Wind: Texas Threat Peters Out As Legislative Clock Expires On Bill’s Sponsor

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on June 02, 2015

The U.S. wind industry can now exhale, as the Texas legislature adjourned without repealing the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and its Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) transmission initiative. The RPS and the CREZ were part of S.B.931, a bill [Read More]

Time To Take Off The Gloves: Incoming AWEA Board Chairman Vows No More Mr. Nice Guy

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on May 21, 2015

Mike Garland, the newly elected chairman of the board of directors at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), has a message for the membership: Be willing to fight for what you want. During the opening general session at WINDPOWER 2015 [Read More]

AWEA’s Kiernan: The Future Of The U.S. Wind Industry Is Now

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on May 20, 2015

With policies crucial to the future development of U.S. wind power coming under increased scrutiny in many key wind states, Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), opened WINDPOWER 2015 with a rallying cry for support by [Read More]

Damning Renewable Energy Measures Advance In Three Key Wind States

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on May 07, 2015

As state legislative sessions kick into high gear, three damning pieces of legislation – including two particularly crippling bills for wind energy – advanced in Texas, Nebraska and North Carolina. Texas – the No. 1 wind state in the U.S. [Read More]

Texas Hardball: As Lone Star Legislators Engage In Stalemate, The Clock Is Ticking On S.B.931

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on April 30, 2015

It has been two weeks since the Texas Senate voted to advance a crippling anti-wind bill that would repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and undo the massive $7 billion-plus Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) transmission initiative. However, numerous [Read More]