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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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Quebec’s Wind Energy Forecast: Cloudy With An Increased Chance For Pessimism

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on November 04, 2014

Quebec wind advocates were relieved when the government finally released a request for proposals (RFP) calling for 450 MW of installed capacity. The RFP calls for 300 MW of wind power to be deployed in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine regions, [Read More]

Canadian Wind Industry Urges For More Federal Support

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

If Canadian wind energy is to continue its ascent, the federal government needs to reaffirm its commitment to the renewable energy technology, according to Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Hornung – speaking at the association's [Read More]

Catching Up With The DOE’s Down-Select Offshore Winners

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on October 09, 2014

Since being selected in May by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as recipients of follow-up funding for advanced technologies, Dominion Virginia Power, Fishermen's Energy and Principle Power have been working feverishly to partner with vendors, pursue state and federal [Read More]

The Song Remains The Same: Ontario Seeks More Science Before Lifting Offshore Ban

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on September 16, 2014

The Ontario government recently issued a pair of requests for proposals (RFPs) calling for the further study of noise impacts from proposed offshore wind projects, as well as of the decommissioning of offshore turbines. The RFPs, issued Sept. 3 by [Read More]

AWEA Assumes Control Over Offshore Wind Development Coalition

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on September 15, 2014

In an effort to align federal policy objectives, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Offshore Wind Development Coalition (OWDC) have entered into a memorandum of understanding for coordinated advocacy. Additionally, the OWDC will not be seeking membership next [Read More]

Quebec Government Postpones Wind Power RFP; No New Date Scheduled

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

The Quebec government has postponed a request for proposals (RFP) calling for 450 MW of installed wind capacity for eastern Quebec and other parts of the province. A replacement date has not been announced. The RFP, originally scheduled for Sept. [Read More]

IRS Issues More PTC Guidance, Easing Some Wind Industry Concerns

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on August 12, 2014

On Aug. 8, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance to wind developers and investors further spelling out what it means for a wind project to have started ‘significant work of a physical nature,’ one of the key eligibility requirements [Read More]

Suzlon Facility Lends Key Assist In Developing ‘The Wind Technicians Of Tomorrow’

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Written by Mark Del Franco on July 17, 2014

Online learning institution Herzing University and turbine manufacturer Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. have teamed up to create an innovative training curriculum for wind energy technicians. The program, which is offered as part of a diploma or associate's degree, allows aspiring [Read More]

Official: Maryland ORECs To Come After Lease Block Auction

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Written by Mark Del Franco on July 09, 2014

Would-be developers seeking to build an offshore wind farm off the Maryland coast should expect the release of the state's offshore renewable energy certificates (ORECs) sometime after the Aug. 19 federal auction for nearly 80,000 acres, according to Regina Davis, [Read More]

Offshore Wind Developer Baryonyx Pulls Plug On GoWind Demonstration Project

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on June 05, 2014

NAW has learned that Austin, Texas-based Baryonyx Corp. has withdrawn its permit application for its GoWind Offshore Wind Demonstration Project, effectively ending further development of its proposed 18 MW offshore wind farm consisting of three 6 MW direct-drive turbines located [Read More]