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Press Release: Nautilus Offshore Wind Project

EDF Renewables North America and Fishermen’s Energy Submit Joint Application for the Nautilus Offshore Wind Project

EDF Renewables North America and Fishermen’s Energy, announced Monday the submission of a joint petition for approval of the Nautilus Offshore Wind project, located in state waters off the coast of Atlantic City. The project represents a crucial opportunity for New Jersey to gain the immediate benefit of local investment, jobs, infrastructure, and offshore experience ahead of many other states looking to capitalize on this new economy. EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy will contribute to the New Jersey offshore industry and deploy capital investment to bring a first project online by 2020.

The project is expected to generate skilled offshore wind construction and operations jobs, positioning the local 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 US, building the 8 GW of offshore wind that’s currently in the project pipeline.

EDF Renewables will leverage its global procurement capabilities, 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.

The application shows substantial net benefits to the state at a low cost for New Jersey electric consumers. Additionally, the companies anticipate the project will further serve to improve environmental management by providing a laboratory for testing of new avian monitoring and marine mammal sensing technologies.

New Jersey will realize considerable benefits by moving forward with a small-scale project first, similar to the benefits that New England reaped from moving forward with the Block Island project years ago. Most importantly, the project will bring valuable lessons learned that will bring down the cost of future projects and position New Jersey to capture more economic value as the state continues to develop its most abundant natural energy resource.

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: Link

Employee SAP Self-Service Blackout Period

Monday, August 27th through Friday, September 14th

ATTENTION ALL Employees

The time is quickly approaching for the deployment of our new Human Capital Management System, Dayforce. With a GO-LIVE date of September 17th, your help is needed to ensure a smooth transition.

Starting Monday, August 27th through Friday, September 14th EDF Renewables will enforce a BLACKOUT PERIOD for all HR related employee self-service functions done via SAP Self-Service. All employee access in SAP will be turned OFF to assist in creating an efficient and effective transition to Dayforce.

Any updates to personal information in SAP must be done BEFORE Monday, August 27th.

After Monday, August 27th, changes will need to wait and be updated in Dayforce. However, if it is an urgent matter or change, you can complete a PAN form, found on ECRM under the Human Resource tab. During this period, PAN forms should be emailed to employeechanges@edf-re.com. (This should be the last time you use a PAN form.)

Beginning Monday, September 17th, ALL employees will have access to Dayforce and can complete any necessary changes to their personal information at that time.

The EDF Renewables HR team appreciates your cooperation and patience as we make this transition to a robust and automated platform. We are excited to have you all using Dayforce soon.

Look for continued Dayforce information in upcoming Wire editions.

Questions or concerns please email Karen Wood, karen.wood@edf-re.com.

It’s Here! American Wind Week

August 5- 11

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Bluemex Power Solar Project Begins Panel Installation

120 MWp Solar Project in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico

EDF Renewables team, from left to right: Lázaro Bautista Hernandez - Senior Project Manager, José Francisco Aguilar Ramirez – Civil Works Supervisor, José Emigdio Contreras Ruiz HS&E Supervisor, José Octavio Suarez Corral – Solar Panel Supervisor, Luis Fernando Lopez Valenzuela - Associate Project Manager (Lead Responsibility for the Project), Edelmira Lopez Valenzuela – Executive Assistant, Olaf Medina Posadas – Associate Manager of Civil Works, Mario Ivich Tellechea – Quality Supervisor

 

On July 23 and 24, the EDF Renewables Bluemex Power Project Team participated in training led by NexTracker, the manufacturer of the tracking system for EDF Renewables' first solar project in Mexico. Together with the employees of Gran Solar, the EPC contractor, the team gained knowledge of the tools required for the assembly of the trackers and their proper handling, assembly and installation of the trackers, and installation of the panels.

Under the supervision of NexTracker, they installed three types of trackers on the initial three rows of panels – referred to as the “Golden Row”. This event represents the formal start of panel installation in the photovoltaic field.

EDF Renewables Mexico was awarded a contract for the power and renewable certificates from Bluemex Power Solar project by Mexico´s State Utility, the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE). The project is a 120 MWp utility-scale PV plant in Guaymas, Sonora.

The Bluemex Power Solar Project will be built over 400 hectares in the northwestern state, and will be utilizing Canadian Solar CS6U – 325P.

Pendleton Solar Project Construction Underway

12 MWp Solar Project in Ontario, Canada

Construction on the Pendleton solar project began three weeks ago. The team is building access roads, a temporary storage area, and installing the piles for the foundations of the solar panels. A total of 10,508 piles must be screwed into the ground. The piles are built of solid steel with a length ranging from 2.6 m to 4 m, depending on the type of soil. In addition, the longer piles are equipped with two screwdrivers.

There are 32 workers on-site, including supervisors from each company. We expect to reach a maximum of 60 to 80 workers in a few weeks. And we are proud that the project is at ZERO accidents and ZERO time lost !!!

The Pendleton Project is located in the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet, Ontario, approximately 150 km west of our Montreal office and about 50 km southeast of Ottawa.

Pendleton in numbers:

  • Piles installed: 1653 (as of Monday, Aug 6)
  • Perimeter fences installed: +/- 40%
  • Civil work has begun
  • Four sets of pile installation equipment utilized

We also began construction of the Barlow Solar Park, near Cornwall, Ontario. The two projects are about 70 km apart. More information on the progress of Barlow will be communicated in next week's Wire!

EDF Renewables Canada Romney Wind Energy Centre

COMMUNITY LIAISON COMMITTEE has been established

As part of the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) requirements, Romney Wind Energy Centre has implemented a Community Liaison Committee (CLC) to exchange ideas and share interests with residents, members of the public, and Indigenous communities during the construction and operation phases of the project. The proposed project consists of a 60-megawatt wind energy facility located in Ontario, Canada.

On April 16, 2018, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) issued the REA for Romney Wind Energy Centre. The REA approval is an important milestone for the Project as it demonstrates that it is compliant with environmental and provincial government require­ments. The construction phase of the Project is anticipated to begin this fall and will lead to the erection of seventeen wind turbines in the summer of 2019.

The Romney Wind Energy Centre team is now inviting members of the public to join the CLC, including members of the public living within one km of the Project, the public living outside of one km of the project but having an interest in the Project, agricultural and business communities, Indigenous communities, government agencies, local organiza­tions, and special interest groups. The Committee will include approximately 10 members.

The Committee members will be responsible for attending a minimum of four meetings over a two-year period. The first CLC meeting will take place early fall 2018.

The constitution of the committed will be:

  • five members of the local community, of which one lives within one km of the project location
  • one member from our partner, Aamjiwnaang First Nation
  • at least three members from the EDF Renewables team
  • at least one member from our REA consultant, DNV GL and technical experts as required based on the meeting agenda
  • at least one additional member of the local community who we will engage as a local liaison

As requested by the government, we posted an ad in local newspapers to solicit members from the community.  We posted the Community Liaison Committee Subscription Form and Community Liaison Committee guidelines on the project website and plan to host our first meeting no later than this October, prior to the start of construction.

Committee purpose:

The committee plays an advisory and participatory role to support the community’s interaction with the Project, while respecting the host communities and encouraging participation by local companies and interested persons.

The CLC shall:

  • act as a liaison facilitating two-way communication between the Company and members of the public with respect to concerns relating to the construction, installation, use, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of the Project
  • provide a forum for the Company to provide regular updates on, and to discuss concerns relating to, the construction, installation, use, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of the Project with members of the public; and
  • ensure that any concern resulting from the construction, installation, use, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of the Project are communicated to the Company and follow-up occurs
  • identify potential opportunities, encourage and facilitate the participation of local business, services and interested persons in the project

Weekly Safety Message

School Bus Safety

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 School Bus Safety.

Click here to read more about School Bus Safety on the ECRM Safety Always Page!

Job Spotlight: Portfolio Manager - Development

San Diego, CA

Portfolio Manager-Development
San Diego, California

The Portfolio Manager has overall responsibility for supporting and promoting the advancement of EDF Renewables development pipeline projects from the feasibility phase into the implementation phase, in accordance with EDF Renewables development strategy, processes and procedures. Key responsibilities include coordination and quality control of project costing related activities, as well as identifying and articulating project opportunities, risk and mitigation strategies. The position also supports due diligence efforts and commercial activities related to acquisition of external project opportunities.

New Lobby Sign in New Hampshire

Distributed Solutions Office

The Distributed Solutions office in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, is home office to 12 EDF Renewables employees working in Human Resources, Accounting, Legal and Project Development.

Their new lobby sign was delivered and installed at the end of July. Although the employees in this office travel frequently, half of them took advantage of this photo opportunity.

From left to right: Caitlin Lloyd – Accountant, Peter Bay – Project Developer, Ed Upson – Director of Finance, Joan Cooke – Senior Accountant, Scott Hesser – Real Estate & Development Counsel, Lincoln Lande – Director – BD Utility and Wholesale Markets

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