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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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First-Half Performance Lends Credence To Goldwind’s International Expansion

Mark Del Franco
Written by Mark Del Franco on September 05, 2013

Chinese turbine manufacturer Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. posted strong first-half earnings in its latest financial report. Net income increased 29% to 92.7 million yuan ($15.1 million) for the first half ended June 30, compared with 72.1 million yuan [Read More]

With The U.S. Wind Market Under Caution, Gamesa Reshapes Itself As ‘Technology Partner’

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Written by Mark Del Franco on August 13, 2013

Like many turbine makers, Gamesa has certainly endured its share of recent struggles. Not only has it reduced head count and adjusted costs for lower volume, but the U.S. wind market – the largest outside of Spain – has come [Read More]

N.J. Regulators: ‘Repeated Back-And-Forth’ Over Wind Turbine Provider Hurt Fishermen’s Application

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Written by Mark Del Franco on July 30, 2013

In a filing released Tuesday, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reveals that it recently rejected Fishermen's Energy's settlement agreement with the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel because, among other factors, the developer continually changed turbine suppliers. [Read More]

Late PTC Extension Squeezes First-Half Commissioning Of U.S. Wind Projects

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Written by Mark Del Franco on July 30, 2013

The delay in the extension of the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind has resulted in zero commissioned wind projects in the U.S. for the second quarter. In fact, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that only a [Read More]

Moving On: How Will Ontario Wind Developers And Suppliers Fare Post-WTO Ruling?

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Written by Mark Del Franco on July 18, 2013

The Canadian government is negotiating a settlement with the World Trade Organization (WTO) following a May 24 ruling that found that Ontario's local-content requirements violated international free trade laws. During a webinar hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, panelist [Read More]

Despite PTC Extension, Turbulence Still Prevalent In U.S. Wind Market

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Written by Mark Del Franco on July 09, 2013

On June 28, turbine maker Nordex announced it would close its Jonesboro, Ark.-based nacelle plant in the fall after the final nacelle – No. 185 manufactured at the facility, Nordex says – rolls off the production line. Although Nordex says [Read More]

How Will President Obama’s Climate Change Plan Impact Renewable Energy?

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Written by Mark Del Franco on June 25, 2013

Describing climate change as ‘no longer a distant threat,’ President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a climate change action plan to combat carbon emissions by at least 3 billion metric tons by 2030. In addition to authorizing $8 billion in loan [Read More]

Port Operator: U.S. Wind Market Beginning To Resurrect Following PTC Extension

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Written by Mark Del Franco on June 20, 2013

The late extension of the production tax credit (PTC) has certainly crimped wind development activity this year. However, Washington-based Port of Vancouver USA says it is beginning to see some rumblings of activity regarding turbine component shipments slated for U.S. [Read More]

Post-FIT Decision, Turbine OEMs Mull Over Options For Ontario Wind Energy Market

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Written by Mark Del Franco on June 18, 2013

The Ontario government's recent decision to end the province's feed-in tariff (FIT) program for large-scale renewable energy projects – in favor of a competitive-procurement mechanism – has introduced a jolt of uncertainty for provincial wind turbine component suppliers and manufacturers. [Read More]

Raising The Discourse: How Wind Industry Can Help Avoid ‘Climate Emergency’

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Written by Mark Del Franco on June 11, 2013

As general-session panelists dutifully recited the attributes of wind energy at the recently concluded WINDPOWER 2013 in Chicago, fellow panelist Larry Schweiger, president/CEO at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), let forth with statements so pointed that they quickly shattered the [Read More]