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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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Permit In Hand, Wind Developer Finds State Tough Sledding

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on November 12, 2013

Emerging Energies of Wisconsin (EEW) recently became the first wind developer in Wisconsin to receive a permit since the state enacted strict siting standards in 2009. On Oct. 25, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) granted EEW a certificate of [Read More]

Despite ‘Steep Learning Curve,’ Wind Developer Poised To Pounce In Mexico

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on October 29, 2013

The Mexico wind market has constraints, but it also holds plenty of promise. And thanks to recent improvements in transmission capacity and a show of support from the current government, wind developers, such as Mexico Power Group (MPG), aim to [Read More]

Deepwater Wind Moves Into ‘Execution Mode’ For Demo Block Island Wind Project

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on October 24, 2013

Jeff Grybowski, Deepwater Wind's chief executive officer, says the offshore wind developer has moved well beyond the early stages of development and is now squarely focusing on completing the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm, located off the coast of [Read More]

Statoil Abandons Offshore Wind Pilot Amid Maine’s Choppy Regulatory Waters

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on October 17, 2013

Citing delay, uncertainty and changes in the state's regulatory framework, Norwegian energy company Statoil says it will ‘demobilize all activities and resources’ associated with its 12 MW Maine-based offshore wind pilot project. In less than five years, Statoil's Hywind Maine [Read More]

Landowner To Ontario Wind Developers: ‘You Guys Did A Lousy Job’

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on October 15, 2013

A farmer representing the business interests of 37,000 farm families had pointed words for the actions of wind developers trying to negotiate land lease agreements with Ontario landowners. ‘You guys did a lousy job,’ Don McCabe, vice president at the [Read More]

Live From CanWEA: What Will Replace The FIT And When?

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on October 08, 2013

‘The Ontario wind industry has built a foundation worthy of celebration,’ explained Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), during the opening general session of the 29th Annual CanWEA Conference & Exhibition on Tuesday. However, lingering uncertainty [Read More]

IRS Provides Certainty For Wind Developers To Move Forward With PTC-Eligible Projects

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on September 23, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has moved to further spell out the requirements for wind developers to qualify for the production tax credit (PTC), including a solution to one of the program's most confusing aspects. On April 15, the IRS [Read More]

End Of An Error: Developer Pulls Plug On Controversial Wind Farm

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

The developer behind the controversial New Era Wind Farm has informed the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that it will no longer pursue the permits necessary to build a 78 MW wind farm, located in Goodhue County, Minn. In a [Read More]

LEEDCo’s Novel Approach To Financing And Support

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on September 17, 2013

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo), a regional public-private partnership based in Cleveland, has literally taken to the streets to drum up support for its 18 MW Icebreaker offshore wind demonstration project. The developer began its grassroots program, Power [Read More]

Official: U.S. Treasury Contemplates Releasing Additional PTC Guidance

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on September 12, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is contemplating the release of additional guidance to further clarify requirements for the production tax credit (PTC). Speaking during the American Wind Energy Association's Finance and Investment Seminar on Sept. 10, a Treasury representative [Read More]