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California Employees: Act Now to Make 100% Clean Energy a Reality

Tell your State Assembly Members and Senators to vote YES on these historic clean energy bills.

by Virinder Singh, Director, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs

The California Legislature finishes soon after midnight on Friday and we have two bills of particular interest.

The American Wind Energy Association has set up an easy way for Californians to contact their representatives. Click HERE to send them a message.

SB 100 (RPS increase) would raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by accelerating the 50% RPS by 4 years to the end of 2026, and 60% RPS by the end of 2030, though not direct near-term procurement.  It sets a 100% “clean” (to be defined and implemented administratively) standard by 2045.  It has passed the Assembly and we are highly optimistic it will pass the Senate and on to the Governor’s desk to sign, but do not want to take anything for granted.

AB 813 (CAISO regionalization) would establish a process whereby another balancing authority in the West could apply to fully join with CAISO, but with further decision making by the California Energy Commission and the Legislature.  So this is a necessary baby step to more integrated markets in the West over time.  We see this as important for high penetrations of renewables.  It faces a challenging path through the Senate in particular.

Another bill, AB 893, would accelerate renewables procurement by investor-owned utilities, community choice aggregators, and large customers in IOU territories.  2,500 MW would come from solar and/or wind, and 1,750 MW would come from geothermal, much of it existing.  We worked on this for over a year though it is less of a priority, but the solar and wind industries will continue to work on it.

PG&E Penalized for Data Breach and Non-compliance

by Ming Nguyen, Senior Compliance Specialist, NERC, Corp Finance

The North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) takes cyber security breaches such as this very seriously.

The headquarters of PG&E in the Pacific Gas & Electric Building in San Francisco, CA (Photo: LPS.1 via Wikimedia Commons)

Information that was recently made available has revealed PG&E as the previously unnamed utility that was fined $2.7 million for losing and exposing  confidential information on the internet earlier this year. The breach happened in 2016 and, 30,000 records about PG&E’s cyber assets were exposed on the internet for a period of 70 days. The amount fined is considered small compared with a potential fine of as much as $140 million.

An investigation by NERC and a related organization into the data breach a found that an unnamed vendor hired by PG&E to assist with an asset management program, downloaded records from a cyber-asset database to his own computer without the utility’s permission and in violation of company policy.  He left it exposed to the internet until it was brought to PG&E’s attention by an internet-security researcher.

The records included information on systems that control physical as well as remote access to the utility’s control centers and electrical substations as well as the utility’s system that regulates electricity flows. It also included usernames for more than 100 people with network access and “hashed” passwords that could have been cracked to gain actual log-in credentials, according to an investigation by federal authorities.

According to the investigative report,  it is unclear who may have accessed the data but said there was evidence that others have found it. The report said there was residual risk that malicious users established a foothold in PG&E’s networks and could be positioned to cause harm in the future.

In a written statement, PG&E said that “once we learned of the exposure, we communicated proactively with the appropriate government agencies and regulators and have since worked with them on corrective actions.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

Dayforce Training is in Full Swing

Dayforce Coming Monday, September 17th

Training is in Full Swing! Dayforce Coming Monday, September 17th!

Dayforce Training was made available to all employees starting Monday, 8/27. Below are instructions for accessing the Dayforce Training as well as a list of training courses required for employees and managers. All training must be completed by Friday, September 14th.

Dayforce Training Instructions

The training is interactive and designed to acquaint all employees with Dayforce and the processes that they will follow within the Dayforce application. Topics covered during the training are:

Employee Training

  • Requesting time away from work
  • Updating basic personal information
  • Viewing your work schedule
  • Clocking in/out for work
  • And more!

Manager Training

  • Reviewing / approving timesheets
  • Submitting electronic forms to make employee level data changes (pay rate changes, job changes, location transfers, etc.)
  • Editing/changing employees schedules
  • And more!

EDF Renewables will also conduct optional MANAGER-ONLY training webinars to provide additional training support around the various manager tasks that will be done within the Dayforce application.  This training is meant for people managers only.

The training dates and times are:

Training Type Date Time
Manager Training (English) Tues September 11th 6:00am – 7:00am PST
Manager Training (French) Wed September 12th 6:00am – 7:00am PST
Manager Training (English) Wed September 12th 2:30pm – 3:30pm PST
Manager Training (English) Thurs September 13th 1:00pm – 2:00pm PST

***All managers can register for the training session that best fits their schedule by clicking REGISTER HERE Registration must be completed by Friday, September 7th, at 12pm PST

Questions or Comments,  contact Karen Wood at karen.wood@edf-re.com

E-Mail Quarantine By Kevin Brown, Information Security Analyst

The Quarantine Quandary

Emails are not just a correspondence tool, they have become the lifeblood that that keeps the world running. Emails can be sent 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, anywhere in the world, to anyone that has an internet connection. The ability to instantly connect and quickly send data, documents, and files is something often taken for granted, but imagine having to send that same information via traditional post - AKA snail mail.

The dependence and familiarity we have with this tool can lead some to make poor choices concerning the management of the output – especially with regard to phishing and SPAM. Office 365 aids in blocking access to possible malicious content by flagging suspicious emails and sending them to the user's Quarantine. Emails are sent to Quarantine when attributes are detected which match data from intelligence feeds designed to track malicious indicators, for example, senders address, sender domain, attachment type, or key words.

Every email sent to Quarantine is there for this reason – it triggered an alert based on content. The problem with the algorithm used to search for that content is that it can have false positives which can send legitimate emails to Quarantine. The unfortunate consequence of this is that many users have come to treat it as a holding bin of sorts for emails. Rather than viewing any of it’s contents with the caution deserved, they release them in bulk. By haphazardly releasing these emails users can inadvertently undermine what could have been a successful security block. Often opening these emails and finding themselves victims of a cyber attack.

The Simple Solution

There are some steps you can take to ensure you don’t become one of these victims.

  • Manage Senders. Having to constantly release emails from Quarantine that you know are from legitimate senders can be frustrating, but there is a way to manage this using the Safe Senders list built into Outlook. Instructions for the Outlook Safe Senders List can be viewed HERE.
  • Review it. Don’t just release items from Quarantine on a whim, take a few minutes to review these messages for legitimacy. Look at the sender and the subject, if they look strange, unfamiliar, or unexpected do not release them.
  • Leave It. If you suspect it is phishing or SPAM and it’s in Quarantine leave it. The fact that it’s there means the security system did its job.
  • Report It. If, after reviewing the email, you are still unsure if it is real and want to get another set of eyes on it, release it to your Inbox and report it using the Phish Alert button so that it can be analyzed. This is not in lieu of reviewing the emails yourself and should only be done as a last resort.

Users play an important role in helping to keep the EDF Renewables computing environment secure. A poor decision by one could have a negative affect on the entire network so let's be sure we are making good ones.

Riviere-du-Moulin Holds Co-Owners’ Meeting

EDF Renewables Canada

On August 8, 16 co-owner representatives of Riviere-du-Moulin wind project met for their second quarterly meeting of 2018.

This 350 MW project is owned by EDF Renouvelables (42.5%), by DIM WIND LP (42.5%), by the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Charlevoix and Fjord-du Saguenay (5%), the Innu of Mashteuiatsh and Essipit First Nations (5%), and the Huron Wendat Nation (5%).

The co-owner representatives discussed financial, operational and commercial topics as well as stakeholder management and health and safety issues. The quarterly meetings are a great opportunity for EDF Renouvelables to reconnect with our partners, share information and take business decisions together.

The meeting, held on the project site, included a wind project tour and an outside lunch.

The Riviere-du-Moulin Wind Project represents the largest wind energy facility in Canada under a single Power Purchase Agreement and the largest of eight wind energy projects awarded to EDF Renouvelables in 2008, 2010 and 2013 through Hydro-Quebec Distribution call for tenders. The project further represents the largest onshore wind facility to be developed, built and put into service by the EDF EN Group globally.

EDF Renouvelables will provide management services and a portion of the current operations and maintenance services, as well as 24/7 remote monitoring from the Operations Control Center (OCC).

Weekly Safety Message

Labor Day Weekend Safety Tips

At EDF Renewables North America, Safety is our No. 1 core value. One way we keep safety at the forefront is to begin every meeting with a safety moment.

Labor Day weekend marks the end of what’s known as the 100 deadliest days, a period between Memorial Day and Labor Day which traditionally sees a dramatic rise in the number of teen driving related deaths. Help teens stay safe on the roads this Labor Day weekend with some tips from AAA Travel.

Click here to read the tips!

Copenhagen Wind Project Team Holds Blood Drive

The site administrator at Copenhagen, Lorilynn Kallen,  organized a Blood Drive last week.

Their target was 38 units and they collected 42!

Welcome New Employees August 2018
Name Title Location Start Date
Brandon Holland Wind Technician Pilot Hill 8/20/2018
Dana Cataldo O&M Business Development Manager San Diego 8/6/2018
Doug Audette Plant Manager Dorchester 8/20/2018
Eduardo Mancheno Rojas Lead SCADA Systems Engineer San Diego 8/6/2018
Fraijan Ramirez Senior Accountant San Diego 8/27/2018
Grant Curry Wind Technician Camp Grove 8/27/2018
Jyoti Paudel SCADA Systems Engineer San Diego 8/6/2018
Katrina Esemplare Associate Program Manager San Diego 8/13/2018
Mark Gardner Wind Technician PacWind 8/6/2018
Sarina Nardi Buyer Montreal, Qc 8/13/2018
Sean Luddy Site Manager Passadumkeag 8/27/2018
Congratulations! Promotions and Transfers August 2018
Name Title Location Start Date
Brenda McBarron Sr. Financial Analyst-Development San Diego 8/6/2018
Carl Moczydlowsky Director, Product Development San Diego 8/6/2018
Dakotah Schmid Advanced Wind Technician Lakefield 8/6/2018
Ed Jones Director, Enterprise Architecture San Diego 8/6/2018
Jeffery Scales Auxiliary Operator Allendale 8/6/2018
Josh Abrahams Advanced Solar Technician Windsor, On 7/30/2018
Justin Opdahl Lead Technician Chanarambie 8/6/2018
Thomas de Fresart Associate Director, Storage Markets and Valuation San Diego 8/20/2018

In Case You Missed It…

Important Reminders from Past Wires

Procurement Policy Training FAQs for USA & Canada
Reminders for MANDATORY training

Phish Alert Button
What to look for and how to use the new button in Outlook.

Q3 Cybersecurity Training Reminder
Info & links for Inspired Learning

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