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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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AWEA: EPA Rules Could Be Third Biggest Driver For Wind Behind PTC And RPS Policies

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

Renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar, stand to benefit from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) sweeping proposal to limit carbon dioxide pollution from existing power plants under Section 111 (d) under the Clean Air Act. Under the EPA's [Read More]

Piggybacking Wind And Solar: Can Two Renewable Energy Sources Peacefully Co-Exist?

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on May 22, 2014

Spurred on by opportunity and the desire to maximize existing generating assets, several wind developers are now beginning to look at adding solar generation on existing wind sites. Although combining wind and solar is not new – Oregon-based Element Power, [Read More]

DOE Shocker: Down-Select Offshore Winners Raise Some Eyebrows

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on May 08, 2014

In a highly anticipated announcement made during Wednesday's opening general session at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER 2014 show, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) named the winning recipients for the next round of funding in the agency's effort [Read More]

AWEA CEO Outlines Strategy To Get Wind PTC Extended

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on May 07, 2014

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan updated conference attendees on the status of the expired production tax credit (PTC) during the opening general session at AWEA's WINDPOWER 2014 Conference & Exhibition, being held in Las Vegas until May [Read More]

Another Industry Setback: N.J. Whacks Fishermen’s Offshore Wind Demo Project

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on March 20, 2014

By a vote of 4-0, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has rejected Fishermen's Energy's application, effectively killing the developer's plans for a 25 MW demonstration project to be located 2.8 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, [Read More]

House Unveils Tax Reform Plan Attacking Wind Energy PTC

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on February 27, 2014

On Feb. 26, House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., released a scathing tax reform proposal that seeks to dramatically reduce the amount of the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) before eliminating the incentive altogether. Per [Read More]

Fate Of Fishermen’s Energy Offshore Wind Pilot Hinges On Two Approvals

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

As New Jersey-based Fishermen's Energy awaits a New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) decision on whether it can use renewable energy certificates to finance its pilot project, the developer is also feverishly working to meet a Feb. 15 deadline [Read More]

Sen. Grassley: PTC Future More Uncertain “Than At Any Time In The Past Year”

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

The recent appointment of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as ambassador to China will delay tax reform talks – and along with it, a revival of the recently expired production tax credit (PTC) – according to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. Speaking [Read More]

Noteworthy Kansas Wind Project Nearing Commercial Operation

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on December 26, 2013

When it is fully energized and operational, Enel Green Power (EGP) North America's 250 MW Buffalo Dunes wind farm, located in Kansas, will become the largest U.S. wind project to come online in 2013, according to the American Wind Energy [Read More]

Baucus Unveils Ambitious Plan For Energy Tax Reform

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on December 19, 2013

On Dec. 18, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., proposed a sweeping set of reforms on energy-related tax incentives that would overhaul energy tax breaks offered by the government and consolidate or extend many of the provisions promoting renewable [Read More]