Your career has taken many twists and turns along the road that landed you at EDF Renewables. Perhaps you’ve had some planned stops that benefitted your growth and development, and other stops you would have preferred to skip altogether. Wherever you are on your pathway to success, the Employee Development team is here to help you grow and go farther as you take the wheel and navigate your path at EDF.
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As part of EDF Renewables’ commitment to securing our end user machines and maintaining our end user infrastructure, we will be patching your system. Windows patching will begin after hours Tuesday, August 21 at 6pm PT and will be rolled out to EDF Laptops and Desktops. This should cause 30 minutes of down time during which your system will prompt and warn you of a pending reboot. Some systems will experience longer down times depending on the device. As a reminder, these patches come over the internet and could take a few days to download depending on the speed of your internet connection.
What to expect:
You may see a pop-up indicating that patches are being installed. There will also be a pop-up from the system asking for a restart within five minutes. After five minutes, the workstations will restart automatically to ensure that the patches are applied correctly to the system. There may be a 2nd and 3rd restart depending on your system and its required updates.
What you need to do:
Save all your work before you leave for the day, optimally using OneDrive.
The system will warn you with a pop-up before reboot. You will have the opportunity to delay for a few minutes but eventually, the machine will reboot.
Setup Business Hours for SCCM:
We have switched patching tools and are now using Microsoft SCCM. This gives the user base some choice about when the reboots happen and provides convenience to all. To set your business hours to have the patches reboot after hours please use the following steps:
For Questions or Concerns:
Contact the IT Support Service Desk at 858-521-3400.
Your Information Security team, in partnership with IT, is piloting a tool that will help better protect our company from threats associated with Internet usage. This tool is being piloted on the corporate wired network in the 15435 Innovation building in San Diego as well as the guest wireless network across the whole San Diego campus.
This tool will be blocking web sites and network communications that have been associated with known or potential security threats. Categories of web sites that pose a risk or potential risk to EDF Renewables will also be blocked by the tool. The enforcement of this security policy will be enabled on the pilot networks for the week of August 17th at 8am through August 24th at 8am.
If you receive notification of a blocked web site that is necessary for your job, please contact the Service Desk to request that the web site be white listed. Please feel free to contact the Richard Clark with any constructive feedback regarding your experience with the pilot.
Example of blocked site:
The Pilot Hill Bat Deterrent and Informed Minimization study is a 75-day test to identify solutions to minimize wind project impact on endangered and non-endangered bats, an issue that concerns nearly 1/3 of all US and Canada wind projects. The bats being deterred include the Eastern Red, Silver Haired, Hoary, and Big Brown Bats.
The experiment is a collaboration led by EDF Renewables, with key participation by NRG Systems, WEST (Bio-consultants), American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI), and seven large wind energy companies who contributed $260k. AWWI’s involvement is pivotal, with their organization serving as an independent scientific reviewer, manager of 3rd-party participation, manager of the science peer review, and working with other funders.
The test began on August 1st, with the installation of the new 3rd Generation NRGS Bat Deterrent Systems on 15 of the GE wind turbine generators (WTGs) at Pilot Hill, in combination with raised night-time cut-in speed. The results will be compared to fifteen control turbines that will be operated normally. The Bat Deterrent Systems were installed, commissioned, and are being maintained by the EDF Renewables team lead by Pilot Hill Site Manager Cody Hemann. EDF Renewables Performance and Reliability Engineering group (PRE) implemented the automatic 5.0 m/sec cut-in speed curtailment and blade feathering below cut-in during specific conditions on the 15 test WTGs.
This is one of the most comprehensive bat mortality and risk minimization studies conducted at a wind project and involves technologies and treatments that have never been incorporated together. In addition to bat deterrence, several other areas are being studied and modeled including:
The field work will conclude October 15th, and the statistics, data analysis, report preparation, and science review will continue until February 2019. After that, results will be published to help other EDF businesses, and the wind industry, reduce the impacts to the species most often impacted by wind turbines. Stay tuned!
The U.S. energy policy world continues to be busy at the federal and state level, with ongoing material implications for our business. Our Regulatory and Legislative Team of Virinder Singh, Lynnae Willette and Tom Carlson cover state legislatures, the U.S. Congress and numerous regulatory agencies, with resources such as lobbyists, legal consultants, political contributions (including the EDF Renewables Political Action Committee), media (including social media), and employees like you who can provide invaluable help with making your voice and expertise heard.
Here are some highlights from the first half of 2018:
2017 ended with an intense effort by EDF Renewables and the industry to avoid negative impacts from tax reform. A big thank you to all employees who made phone calls and sent emails to specific members of Congress to send the message of our economic benefits. It made a big difference!
In January the Trump Administration levied tariffs on imported solar modules, starting at 30% in the first year and dropping by 5% each year through the fourth year, after which the tariffs end. The first 2.5 GW of module imports are exempted in each of the four years.
There were numerous filings with the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for exclusions from the tariffs. EDF Renewables, with the utility-scale solar industry, requested one such exclusion and supports several others. However, the USTR has not yet granted exclusions and, given the large volume of other tariffs on other industries, the effort to exclude modules is challenging as many other industries also seek relief. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) expects the USTR to start to issue exclusion decisions soon.
On the tax front, the U.S. Department of Treasury provided guidance on how to qualify for the “commence construction” provision for the extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). In addition to its being important to know the rules of the road, the design of the guidance was well received by EDF Renewables and the solar industry. The guidance requires that to earn the full (30%) ITC, construction must begin on a project before January 1, 2020 and be completed by the end of 2023, with projects begun the following year earning the 26% ITC if completed by the end of 2023, and further declines for projects the next two years, again as long as completion occurs by the end of 2023. Many of the details mirror that of the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) guidance including purchase of equipment and allocation to projects to accord ITC status on those projects (safe harbor provision).
On siting and permitting, we work hard with military bases and operations to ensure that our projects are compatible with the military’s readiness. Such compatibility is subject to the review and approval of the Department of Defense Clearinghouse. However, there have been ongoing efforts within the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) process in Congress to add further requirements on new wind projects. Some proposals create an imbalance that would make building many new projects extremely difficult, with questionable benefit to military operations, and to the detriment of landowners and communities that benefit from the investment. In this year’s NDAA process for FY2019 defense spending, we worked with Congress and ensured open dialogue with the military services to preserve that balance. President Trump signed the 2019 NDAA on Monday, August 13th.
On the East Coast, we’ve seen expansions of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) or renewable programs in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, and New Jersey – along with expanded commitments for offshore wind energy. We are active in regional trade associations that supported these initiatives in each state. Connecticut expanded their renewable requirement to 40% by 2030, Massachusetts to 35% by 2030, and New Jersey to 50% by 2030. Virginia enacted legislation that establishes 5,050 megawatts of renewable energy to be in the public interest.
New Jersey is looking to get back into the offshore wind race after years of delay under the previous governor by implementing an existing 1100-megawatt program and a new law that increases their offshore wind target to 3500 megawatts. This month, EDFR submitted a joint application along with Fishermen’s Energy for a small-scale (up to 25 MW) offshore wind project in state waters off the coast of Atlantic City. Such a project can jump start the state industry and provide valuable lessons learned ahead of larger procurements. New Jersey also enacted a new law that directs the state Board of Public Utilities to provide a 90-day review of the project, which is important to expedite the potential construction of the project. The state follows Massachusetts, which recently expanded authority for their Department of Energy Resources to expand offshore wind procurement by an additional 1600 megawatts.
In California, we have less than a month before the Legislature ends for the year, and there are many energy-related bills in play with uncertain prospects for them all. The big picture issue is how to deal with the multi-billion dollar liability of Pacific Gas and Electric related to fire damages late last year. But also in play are bills or bill language on how to expand the state’s independent system operator, additional mandates for energy storage, expansion of direct access for large customers, additional bird protections relative to energy projects, and (of particular interest to us) procurement of wind and solar generation.
In Oklahoma, an important state for our wind assets and future development, we fended off an onslaught of legislative attacks including a gross production tax, an attempt to terminate our earned tax credits and wind’s manufacturing sales tax exemption, and onerous sighting bills. There is however a potential change in the politics in Oklahoma City, as nearly 20% of the legislature lost their seat or are in a run-off election, another 20 members termed out. Regardless of the potential for a changing political landscape, our industry is taking nothing to chance. AWEA, regional partners, EDF Renewables and member companies are implementing wind advocacy stakeholder engagement plans to situate our industry better for the upcoming 2019 sessions in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas.
In the Southeast, we anticipate more opportunities for solar on the horizon in the region and are actively engaged implementation of North Carolina House Bill 589, which sets a competitive renewables procurement program by Duke Energy, and the 2019 Georgia Public Service Commission integrated resource plan. We continue to highlight the key aspects of solar that appeal to a broad base of electricity consumers in the Southeast, and enjoy strong support from their federal colleagues representing those states in the U.S. Congress.
Our small team truly appreciates all the support we receive from our leadership and the front lines. Your calls, emails and visits to legislators really make a difference.
Please stay tuned or contact us for ways you can get engaged- your voice and vote matters!
The construction of Barlow Solar Energy Center in Ontario, Canada, is underway, and the first row of panels were completed this week. The long galvanized piles with dense vegetation make it an interesting installation, with 2091 piles installed. The project team took the opportunity to visit the site for their first monthly meeting. In general, the work is going well and there are no major delays.
Selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) under the Large Renewable Procurement I Request for Proposals (“LRP I RFP”), Barlow Solar Energy Centre is being developed by a partnership between EDF Renewables Canada and the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation. The project is situated on privately-owned land located within the Township of South Stormont and utilizes a right of way within the City of Cornwall to connect to the existing electricity distribution grid. Barlow Solar Energy Centre will have a capacity of 10 megawatts alternating current (MWac) and will generate enough power to meet the demand of about 2,000 homes.
Barlow construction trailers and pile drivers.
On August 9, Dr. Jim Walker, Senior Advisor for Political and Policy Strategy, was honored by the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) in Sacramento. CEERT is a partnership of major environmental groups and private-sector clean energy companies. They design and fight for policies that promote global warming solutions and increased reliance on clean, renewable energy sources for California and the West.
At EDF Renewables North America, the Health and Safety of our team members is our first priority. We encourage you to spend 5-10 minutes during at least one meeting of your choice during the week discussing this topic with meeting attendees.
Discover the Weekly Safety Message about Playground Safety.
EDF Renewables acquired the Red Pine Wind project in 2015 from Infinity Wind,LLC while it was in the early stages of development. The 200 MW project is comprised of 100, 2.0 MW Vestas turbines with approximately 140 landowners involved in the project. Read more about Red Pine.
On August 14, Alice Herbert, Senior Manager, Digital Platforms presented about the Agile Framework.
Topics covered included:
Aug 20-24 | Cleveland, OH
Aug 22 | Calgary, AB
Aug 23-24 | Nashville, TN
Sep 5-7 | Austin, TX
Sep 5-7 | Teaneck, NJ
Sep 19-20 | Toronto, ON
Sep 19-21 | Denver, CO
Sep 24-25 | Houston, TX
Sep 24-27 | Anaheim, CA
Sep 26-28 | Monterey, CA