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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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DOE To Consider Dominion’s Request For Extension During Down-Select Project Review

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on April 28, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says it will consider Dominion Virginia Power's request for an extension during its annual project assessment later this summer, following the utility's decision to place the project on hold. Citing cost concerns, Dominion said [Read More]

Extreme Anomalies Result In Generation Shortfalls At Western U.S. Wind Projects

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on March 31, 2015

Unusually low wind conditions encompassing wide swaths of land have led to severe generation shortfalls at many U.S. wind farms. During the first three months of the year, output at many U.S. wind farms – particularly those in the western [Read More]

With Potential Repeal Of RPS, Wind Developers In Lone Star State Face Texas-Sized Headaches

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on March 24, 2015

If a Texas Republican has his way, the state will end its renewable portfolio standard (RPS), undo the billion-dollar competitive renewable energy zones (CREZ) initiative and relinquish its status as the No. 1 state for wind energy generation. Introduced by [Read More]

Suzlon Sells Senvion To Centerbridge Partners

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on January 22, 2015

In a $1.2 billion all-cash transaction, Suzlon Group has signed a binding agreement to sell turbine subsidiary Senvion to Centerbridge Partners, a private equity firm with $25 billion in assets under management. The deal is subject to regulatory and other [Read More]

Utilities Deal “Near-Fatal” Blow To Cape Wind: UPDATED

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on January 08, 2015

Utilities National Grid and NSTAR have terminated their power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Cape Wind Associates, claiming the embattled offshore wind developer did not meet contractual terms. Specifically, the utilities claim that Cape Wind missed financing and construction commitments that [Read More]

Nordex Turbine Collapses In Northern Ireland

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on January 06, 2015

On the evening of Jan. 2, a single Nordex N80-2.5 MW wind turbine crashed on the grounds of the Screggagh wind farm, located in rural Northern Ireland. The wind farm, powered by eight Nordex N80/2500 wind turbines, opened in March [Read More]

A Long, Strange Trip Indeed: Looking Back At The Top 10 Wind Energy Stories Of 2014

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on December 30, 2014

From the freezing of Ohio's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard to the uncertainty on Capitol Hill, 2014 was packed with plenty of drama and intrigue. Here are NAW's picks for the top 10 wind energy stories of the year: 10. DOE [Read More]

GE Turbine Partially Collapses At Kansas Wind Farm Owned By Enel Green Power

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on December 23, 2014

A GE 1.85 MW turbine with an 87-meter rotor partially collapsed last week at the Buffalo Dunes wind farm, located near Garden City, Kan. The wind farm is substantially owned by Enel Green Power North America (EGP-NA), which owns 75% [Read More]

As Congress Deliberates Tax Extenders, Could A Wind PTC Renewal Be Near?

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on December 02, 2014

The controversial wind production tax credit (PTC) appears to be gaining momentum during the lame-duck session of Congress. Although there is no definitive date for adjournment, the lame-duck session of Congress is projected to run through Dec. 11. However, considering [Read More]

GE Blade Crashes At Mehoopany Wind Farm In Pennsylvania

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on November 06, 2014

A blade attached to a GE 1.6 MW wind turbine crashed to the ground during the early morning hours of Nov. 2 at the 141 MW Mehoopany Wind Farm, located in Wyoming County, Pa. Mehoopany, jointly owned by BP Wind [Read More]