Final days for USA Benefits Open Enrollment

Deadline is Friday December 15

All insurance-eligible employees will be required to access SAP/HRR before December 15th to perform the following:

  1. Either enroll or waive participation in the 2018 Medical Plan (United Healthcare)
  2. Review/confirm your Dental & Vision benefits (and dependents) for 2018. Dependent SSNs are required; so please have available and ready to input if missing
  3. Review/confirm your life insurance & beneficiaries
  4. Either enroll or waive participation in the 2018 Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care and Dependent Care)

This year you will be required to enroll in the medical plan with United Healthcare (UHC) if you wish to have coverage in 2018. Your current medical plan enrollment will not rollover to next year. Everyone must access SAP/HRR to officially submit their 2018 enrollment.

For more information, visit the 2018 Enrollment page on ECRM.

Your benefits team is available to answer questions, just e-mail them at

Fourth CTO Summit a Success

November 28-30, EDF EN chief technology officers and members of their technical groups gathered from around the world in San Diego for three days of information exchange and comradery. Representatives from Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, and the United Kingdom exchanged ideas and experiences allowing them to learn from each other and continue to explore and implement ideas for the future development of the EDF EN Technical team.

Distributed Electricity and Storage (DES) Team Hosts Ontario Event

Topic: Ontario Global Adjustment Electricity Charges

On December 6th, Tom Leyden and Felix Aguayo hosted an event in Toronto, Ontario along with local partners Powercore and Nidec. The team hosted a group of local C&I entities to discuss the implications of the province’s global adjustment policy. The global adjustment requires retail rate payers to pay for new generation over an extended period of time. The additional operating cost means large C&I entities may be looking for ways to better manage their energy usage; the DES team is well-positioned to provide storage combined with energy management services to address such challenges.

Source: Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

A product of Ontario’s 2009 Green Energy Act, the Global Adjustment fee is a charge billed to all hydro customers in the province. Residential customers and small businesses in Ontario paid an average of 7.9 cents per kilowatt hour in Global Adjustment fees last year.

So for every $100 in usage that appears on their electricity bill, $77 of that is the Global Adjustment fee. Meaning the cost of electricity use is only $23. Solar producers, many of which signed contracts with the government for as long as 20 or 30 years, were paid as much as 80 cents per kilowatt hour for the energy they produced, despite the fact that fair market value for this energy was the same 2.36 cents per kilowatt hour. Here, too, the 78-cent difference was passed on to consumers.

EDF Attends Solar Industry Rally against Tariffs at U.S. Trade Representative Hearing

Tom Carlson, EDF RE; Adrien Piro, Chris Much, Jamie Resor, groSolar

On December 6 in Washington DC, President Trump’s top trade adviser held a public hearing on the Section 201 solar trade case. EDF RE and groSolar joined the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar companies, utilities and many others with the intent to show the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Trade Policy Staff Committee that tariffs on solar imports would deal a deep, self-inflicted wound to the American economy and help two foreign-based companies and their hedge fund investors.

Rally attendees were armed by SEIA with the following talking points:

  • This case pits two foreign-owned, bankrupt companies against America’s surging solar industry and its formidable American workforce.
  • We are asking President Trump to put America First, by saying YES to jobs, economic growth, innovation and national security, and saying NO to solar tariffs.
  • The 260,000-worker strong American solar industry, including its 38,000 employees in U.S. solar manufacturing, are generating tens of billions of dollars in investment that benefits communities across the nation.
  • Two foreign-owned companies are exploiting U.S. trade law and asking the president for a bailout, which would force utility companies and their customers to foot the bill.
  • Tariffs would raise electricity prices, kill jobs, and bring an American economic success story to a halt.
  • Our fighting forces need solar in the battlefield and use solar on domestic bases around the country. Solar helps ensure mission success.
  • Military generals, conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), major retailers, small businesses, utilities, and other diverse groups have all joined together to oppose solar tariffs.
  • There is a growing solar manufacturing sector in the U.S. with more than 38,000 workers at companies that manufacture a variety of components for solar systems that rely on low prices and high demand. Many more manufacturing jobs will be lost with tariffs than will be saved.
  • The solar industry is growing 17 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy and has created more than 100,000 blue-collar jobs in the last five years. Last year, the industry crated 1 out of every 50 new jobs.
  • The Trump administration’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said solar will be the fastest-growing occupation in America over the next 10 years – but that’s only if the administration rejects tariffs that will artificially make solar more expensive.
  • We recommend that President Trump simply say no to these foreign-owned companies and stand with the 260,000 Americans in the solar industry.

For more information on the SEIA efforts and ways to get involved, click here.

In the News

Project Press Releases

EDF Renewable Services Provides O&M Services to 146 MWp Bolero Solar Plant in Chile

EDF Renewable Services has begun full operations and maintenance services for Chile’s second largest solar park - the 146 megawatt peak (MWp) Bolero Solar PV plant located in the Atacama Desert in the region of Antofagasta which has the highest level or irradiation in the world. The Bolero facility, jointly owned by EDF EN Chile and Marubeni, sells the energy produced onto the Chilean spot market.

Click here to read more.

Commissioning Event Celebrates Operation of 179 Megawatt Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 Solar Projects in Apex, Nevada

On December 11, Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar power plants, with a combined generation capacity of 179 MWac, were formally recognized as fully commissioned and in commercial operation at a celebration attended by government officials, project owners and the energy offtaker.

U.S. Senator Harry Reid, U.S Bureau of Land Management Nevada Director, John Ruhs, Clark County Commissioner Chairman Steve Sisolak, Nevada State Energy Office Director Angela Dykema and other federal, state and local leaders joined executives from Switch, EDF Renewable Energy, NV Energy, J.P. Morgan and First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) to ceremonially "throw the switch" marking the delivery of solar power to Switch data centers in Las Vegas and Reno. The Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 projects are helping Switch meet its commitment to power its facilities with 100 percent clean energy.

Power generated by the plants, owned by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), will be provided to Switch through Power Purchase Agreements with subsidiaries of NV Energy, Inc. (Nevada Power Company d/b/a NV Energy and Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy).

Click here to read more.

Pacific Gas and Electric Selects EDF Renewable Energy as Sole Awardee for Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Contract

EDF Renewable Energy was awarded a contract to provide Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) with 40 MWh of battery storage capacity. Under the contract, EDF RE will build, own and operate a portfolio of behind-the-meter battery storage projects for commercial and industrial customers within the PG&E service territory.

Click here to read more.

EDF Renewable Energy Signs Agreement with Google to Supply 200 Megawatts of Wind Energy

EDF Renewable Energy has signed an agreement to supply Google, with 200 MW of wind energy generated from the new Glaciers Edge Wind Project in Iowa. Located in Cherokee County in the northwest portion of the state, Glaciers Edge is anticipated to come online in December 2019, and the additional capacity will help Google reach its goal of purchasing enough renewable energy to match its energy consumption for global operations.

Click here to read more.

EDF Renewable Energy Signs Agreement with Kimberly-Clark Corporation to Supply 120 Megawatts of Wind Energy

EDF Renewable Energy has signed an agreement to supply Kimberly-Clark Corporation with 120 MW of wind energy from the Rock Falls Wind Project in Oklahoma (total capacity 154 MW). The Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) is Kimberly-Clark's first use of utility-scale renewable energy and will help Kimberly-Clark to surpass its 2022 commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% four years ahead of schedule.

Click here to read more.

New IT Service Management System is Open for Business

As announced by Luis Silva on December 4, 2017 the new IT service management system has been launched.

Corporate BMC FootPrints 12 is the new online portal for submitting IT requests and reporting issues.

Bookmark this address:

There is a link to the new system on the ECRM home page in the Featured Links section as well

If you missed training on the new system these resources are available:

2018 quarterly IT training will include Corporate BMC FootPrints 12 sessions. The IT Training Registration page displays sessions (once schedule is determined) and contains a “Request a Class” option.

The Service Desk is available at (858)-521-3400 for any questions regarding using the new tool.

San Diego Benefits Team Hosting Wellness Expo

Thursday, December 14 at Innovation Drive Atrium

EDF EN Canada & EDF Renewable Services at Trade Shows

CanSIA Solar Canada 2017

Solar Canada Conference & Exposition 2017, organized by CanSIA, connects industry leaders, policy-makers and stakeholders with a shared commitment to make solar energy a mainstream option for Canadians.

EDF EN Canada & EDF RS were among the 79 exhibitors and was a gold level sponsor.

This year, Bruce Kolesnik, Senior Manager, Development, EDF EN Canada Inc. moderated a session on Non-Utility & Corporate Off-Site Renewable Electricity Procurement

Wind O&M Canada 2017

EDF Renewable Services was a Gold Sponsor and exhibitor of this annual event organized by New Energy Update.

Casey Kennedy, Customer Account Manager, EDF Renewable Services spoke on two panel sessions:

  • Choosing a Cost-Effective O&M Service Model
  • Late Life O&M Strategy

Welcome New Employees

November 2017

Name Title Location Start Date
Billy Smith Wind Technician Bobcat Bluff 11/20/2017
Brendan Moore Wind Technician Pilot Hill 11/13/2017
Daniel Garcia Sr. Accountant San Diego 11/6/2017
David Terrell Wind Technician Spinning Spur I 11/6/2017
Hector Escandon Asset Operations Analyst San Diego 11/27/2017
JaCoby Atwood Wind Technician Spinning Spur 1 11/20/2017
Karen Lennan Executive Assistant Toronto, Ontario 10/30/2017
Lauren Seidel Administrative Assistant San Diego 11/20/2017
Michael Marasco Wind Technician Spinning Spur II 11/13/2017
Nathalie Dupont Site Manager Lac Alfred, Qc 11/13/2017
Steven Malinoski Pre-Construction Manager San Diego 11/27/2017
Taylor Foley Permitting and Environmental Manager Houston 11/13/2017
Weise Denny Wind Technician Benton County 11/20/2017

Congratulations! Promotions and Transfers

November 2017

Name Title Location Start Date
Benjamin Leone Solar Technician Ontario, Qc 11/6/2017
Eric Jeannotte Sr Wind Energy Analyst Montreal, Qc 11/13/2017
Gaetano Esposito Senor Wind Energy Analyst San Diego 11/13/2017
Javad Khazaei Senior Manager, Data Science and Simulation San Diego 11/27/2017
Jonathan Alexander Manager, Information Security San Diego 11/27/2017
Ricky Bush Maintenance Technician Dorchester 11/13/2017
Urosh Tomovich Associate, Special Projects- Development San Diego 11/20/2017
Velina Westbrook Senior Manager, Valuation & Analytics San Diego 11/27/2017

Upcoming Events

EDF RE Development Summit
Jan 23-25 | San Diego, CA

CanWEA O&M Summit
Jan 30-31 | Toronto, ON