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It’s Official: We are EDF Renewables

What you need to know…

Effective April 12, 2018, we are all operating under the brand EDF Renewables or EDF Renouvelables.  

If you didn't restart your computer yesterday, it is very important that you restart it now.  Restarting has two critical effects.  First it activates Canada, Mexico and groSolar's new @edf-re.com mailboxs.  Rest assured that incoming emails to the previous domains (@edf-en.ca, @edf-en.mx, @grosolar.com) will reach you indefinitely.  Outgoing emails will arrive to the recipient as @edf-re.com.   Secondly, a new email signature with the EDF Renewables or EDF Renouvelables logo and a banner announcing our name change will appear.

EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION:

  1. For the Press Release, click here.
  2. New websites are live. US: edf-re.com, Canada: edf-re.ca, Mexico: edf-re.mx
  3. Vendor/Landowner notifications were sent out
  4. Eblast to all contacts in Salesforce

EMPLOYEE TOOLKIT

  1. A new Brand Assets section is available on ECRM with the following:
    1. Logos
    2. Electronic Letterhead
    3. Instructions to install custom color and font themes on Windows10
    4. Powerpoint Template
    5. Updated Corporate Overview PPTX
    6. Press Release
    7. Social Media posts for your personal channels
    8. Email signature instructions
    9. Eblast that you can forward
    10. And more…

A new CEO for EDF EN

Bruno Bensasson takes over for retiring Antoine Cahuzac

Born in Paris in 1972, Bruno Bensasson studied engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines in Paris. He began his professional career in 1998 at the Autorité de Sureté Nucléaire (the French Nuclear Safety Authority) as regional manager (Lower and Upper Normandy) then as the CEO's Chief of Staff. Between 2004 and 2006 he held the position of technical advisor responsible for the environment, new energies and nuclear energy at the Ministry of Industry, and then advisor to the President of France responsible for industry, the environment and transport.

He joined SUEZ in 2007 as Director of economic studies in the Development and Strategy Department. In 2011, he joined the Executive Committee of GDF SUEZ as Director of strategy and sustainable development. He was appointed CEO of GDF SUEZ Energie France at the beginning of 2013 before becoming Executive Vice President in charge of the development and production of renewable energy at GDF SUEZ Energie Europe in July 2014. Since 2016 he has been CEO of Engie Africa.

Bruno Bensasson takes over from Antoine Cahuzac, who wanted to exercise his right to retire. At Jean-Bernard Lévy's request and to make sure the transition is as smooth and efficient as possible, Antoine Cahuzac has agreed to take on the role of advisor to the CEO until the end of the year.

"I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to Antoine for his contribution to strategy and operations which has been key to the undeniable success of EDF's Renewables division. I am delighted that Antoine has agreed to continue to help the group for a few months during this transition phase. I know that all the teams will join me in welcoming the arrival of Bruno Bensasson, a real expert when it comes to renewable energy in France as well as internationally, and an experienced manager." -Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO, EDF Group

Get Charged!

Contributed by Niki de Leon, Project Manager, EV Charging

EDF Renewables is driving innovation. With more than 4,000 charging stations in Europe, EDF Renewables’ North America Headquarters hosts over 20 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports at our San Diego campus. We believe that the future of mobility is clean electricity. EDF Renewables began its electric transportation initiative in 2016 with eight eMotorWerks charging stations and three NEMA 1450 outlets. With more and more employees driving electric vehicles to work, we knew we had to expand quickly, and installed an additional 10 ChargePoint charging stations.

Today, EDF has made EV charging infrastructure a core part of our Distributed Services offering. Inspired by the “Dig Once” rule, when EDF proposes Solar Carports to any business, we recommend including installation of inexpensive conduit for future EV charging stations. EDF also announced, in December 2017, an investment in the San Diego-based Nuvve Corporation (Nuvve), a pioneer in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology. The investment and partnership with Nuvve is part of EDF’s strategic growth in the distributed electricity and storage market.

Why do we build charging stations now? It may seem like there are only a few EVs on the road today, but projections say that number will be growing rapidly. California has 389,000 EVs driving on the road today (reported by Veloz as of March 2018), that is about 50% of all electric cars driven in the United States. According to the California Governor’s Office, they recently increased their target, calling for 5 million EVs in California by 2030! That is a nine-fold increase in the number of EVs we see in California today. Globally, OPEC has increased their numbers, forecasting up to 266 million EVs to be on the road by 2040. It’s clear that EVs are coming quickly, and EDF will be ready.

So maybe you’ve thought about driving an EV, or you’ve talked with a neighbor about the EV they own. EDF wants to help answer questions and demystify this new type of vehicle driving around town. EDF will be hosting Get Charged, an education and expo event around EVs. This event will be held at the EDF Renewables’ San Diego Headquarters, right outside by the EV charging stations. GM and Chrysler will be present with four vehicles for employees to test drive, and one all-electric GM Bolt will remain with EDF for two weeks for employees to drive home and test for 24 hours. Acai bowls and smoothies will be served at the event. Please join us on April 18th from 1 to 4:30pm and see what everyone is talking about!

If you have any burning questions that cannot wait until April 18th, or you’re ready to purchase an EV now and want to speak with an EDF expert, you are welcome to contact EV Charging Project Manager, Niki de Leon at niki.deleon@edf-re.com.

Facts & Figures

North America and Global Results are available on ECRM

Do you need to quote our global capabilities in a proposal, presentation, or just because you like to brag about EDF? Then the 2017 global Facts & Figures publication is the tool for you. You can download the document in English & French from ECRM, and there are a limited number of hard copies available from the Communications Department.

Also available in PowerPoint format, is the EDF Renewables North America Corporate Overview. You can use the presentation as-is, or drop individual slides into your own presentations.

Offshore Wind

EDF Renewables Backs New Jersey Offshore Wind Industry

As a direct response to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's goal to promote the development of 3,500 MW of offshore wind EDF Renewables has entered into a preliminary agreement with Fishermen's Energy to acquire their fully developed 24-megawatt (MW) Project sited off the coast of Atlantic City. 

The project will generate skilled offshore wind construction and operations jobs, positioning New Jersey's workforce to build gigawatts of wind projects off New Jersey's coast and up-and-down the Atlantic coast.  These workers will be the first wave of the nearly 40,000 jobs1 that are expected to be created in the U.S., building the 8 GW of offshore wind that's currently in the project pipeline.  

EDF RE brings strategic procurement capabilities throughout the entire supply chain.  The Company will leverage its procurement team, having supply agreements in place for more than 9 GW of onshore wind in North America throughout the past decade, precise skill and long-term relationships with suppliers to source cost of energy leading technologies.

EDF RE anticipates the project will further serve to improve environmental management by providing a laboratory for testing of new avian monitoring and marine mammal sensing technologies.  This unique and valuable opportunity will ultimately inform cost reduction for future projects.

1 BVG Associates, LTD. (2017). U.S. Job Creation in Offshore Wind A Report for the Roadmap Project for Multi-State Cooperation on Offshore Wind(Report No. 17-22). Retrieved from Northeast Wind Center website: www.northeastwindcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/US-job-creation-in-offshore-wind.pdf

Spearville Baseball Field Dedication

As an example of how EDF contributes to the communities where we operate, on March 27, 2018 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Tom Feist Field at Spearville High School/Middle School. Present during the dedication were Trevor Clifton, EDF Site Manager O&M Operations - Central - OK, KS, CO; members of the Recreation Commission; the Lancer softball & baseball teams; and the board of directors of the Tom Feist Foundation. A host of community members were also present to commemorate this special occasion. Following the ceremony, the lady Lancers played their season opener against Medicine Lodge.

EDF’s three wind projects (Spearville I, II, and III) totaling 250 MW are located just a few miles north, with the first in operation since 2006

WATT ABOUT US ? Employee Choice Winner

Congratulations Jennifer Jones & Jonathan Medel

"Women powering the world" Category: Our teams, our jobs

This second edition of the internal photo contest was a success thanks to the participation of several hundred employees in more than 20 countries. The photos, of a remarkable quality, highlighted the talent, the creativity, and the passion of the men and women who make EDF EN successful. As a cohesion initiative, the photo competition brought together all the entities to share a common vision of the company's teams and activities.

See all the winners on OXYGEN, EDF EN’s Intranet Site.

EDF Renewables Canada Holds Information Sessions for Contractors

For Barlow & Pendleton Energy Centres

On April 9, EDF Renewables held two information session at the Makwa Community Centre in Pikwakanagan, Ontario. Invited were businesses and partnerships from Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation wishing to offer their services during the construction of the projects.

During the sessions, local entrepreneurs learned how, when and where to apply for the work packages to be tendered for the projects construction.

EDF Renewables gave a project presentation, followed by speed presentations, where each local contractor had two minutes to present themselves to the general contractor. EDF also works with the local business offices to create a Business Directory that is shared with the local contractor.

Welcome New Employees March 2018

Name Title Location Start Date
Corey Billesbach Senior Systems Engineer San Diego 3/19/2018
Ethan Kaiser-Klimist Business Development Analyst, DES San Diego 3/5/2018
Michael Lewis Wind Technician Shiloh III 3/19/2018
Omar Kotob Senior Project Manager, IT PMO San Diego 3/26/2018
Suzzonne Donovan Compensation Manager San Diego 3/5/2018

Congratulations! Promotions and Transfers March 2018

Name Title Location Start Date
Andres Estrada Associate, Divestiture and Portfolio Strategy San Diego 3/5/2018
Brian Sarantos Senior Development Manager Oakland 3/19/2018
Conor Jarvis Manager, Generation San Diego 3/19/2018
Dan Summa Vice President, Generation San Diego 3/19/2018
Devraj Banerjee Associate Director, Origination Brooklyn 3/19/2018
Francis Chartrand Assistant Director - Engineering & Interconnection Montreal, Qc 3/26/2018
Ian Black Senior Director, Development San Diego 3/19/2018
Jay Moses Senior HRIS Analyst San Diego 3/19/2018
Jim Molesworth Program Manager San Diego 3/19/2018
Joni Hamson Senior Director, Origination Minneapolis 3/19/2018
Joshua Sinclair Advanced Wind Technician Bobcat Bluff 3/23/2018
Matthew McCluskey Senior Director, Development, South Central Houston 3/19/2018
Mike Lane Site Manager Kawailoa 3/5/2018
Nathan Smith Shift Supervisor Dorchester 3/19/2018
Raul Nuno Area Operations Manager Solano 3/19/2018
Regis Reverchon Senior Manager, Transmission Oakland 3/19/2018
Sébastien Murray-Sirois Area Manager BOP - Quebec Quebec 3/19/2018
Shanelle Montana Project Development Manager Minneapolis 3/19/2018
Sylvain Paulet Sr Analyst - Valuation & Analytics Montréal, Qc 3/19/2018
Tim Frigon Business Development Manager, Special Projects San Diego 3/19/2018
Tom Bowers Director, Supply Chain and Business Systems San Diego 3/19/2018
Vanaja Deevi Senior Database Administrator/Developer San Diego 3/19/2018
Zackary Carraway Advanced Wind Technician Spinning Spur II 3/19/2018

Upcoming Events

CanWEA Spring Forum

Apr 10-11 | Calgary, AB

BRC Spring Member Event 

Apr 12-13 | Jersey City, NJ

New Energy Update Wind O&M

Apr 16-18 | Dallas, TX

SEPA Utility Solar Conference

Apr 23-25 | Rancho Mirage, CA

AWEA Windpower

May 5-10 | Chicago, IL

CanWEA Golf Tournament

June 12 | Bolton, ON

APPA American Public Power Association

June 15-20 | New Orleans, LA

Defense Communities National Summit

June 18-20 | Washington, DC

CanSIA Solar Canada

June 19-21 | Calgary, AB