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Weekly Safety Message

Carbon Monoxide

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 Carbon Monoxide. 

Click here to read the safety message on the ECRM Safety Always Page!

Weekly O&M HSE Performance Report

For the Week Ending November 30

The O&M HSE performance report for the week Ending 11/30/2018 is now available on ECRM.

Payment Blackout Dates for EDF RENEWABLES

by Christopher Bourassa, Accounts Payable Supervisor

After the close of business on Thursday December 20th, 2018, NO payments* via check, ACH, wire, or any other method will be made for the remainder of December. This is a requirement to allow the Corporate Finance Department to meet EDF EN imposed December Close reporting deadlines. Any payments that are currently scheduled between the blackout dates of December 21st, 2018 and January 1st, 2019 should be delayed to January 2nd, 2019 or if that is not possible, then moved up to Thursday, December 20th, 2018.

*The following payments are NOT subject to the payment blackout dates listed above; turbine payments, payments for acquisitions, business critical payments, payments related to project finance transactions, scheduled debt/swap payments, any payroll related payments, and Concur personal reimbursement payments. The U.S. Generation Project Finance Restricted Cash Accounts with Bank of New York, Union Bank, or Wells Fargo (Chestnut Flats) will also not be subject to these blackout dates.

Contact your Segment’s Accounting Manager (Jamie DeBonis for O&M, Greg Doud for Generation and Sandra Marshall for Corporate and Development) with any questions or concerns regarding possible payments that need to be made during this blackout period.

Union Hidalgo Public Consultation Meeting for EDO Project in Mexico

90% of the attendees voted favorably

The development process for the Gunaa Sicarú (EDO) wind project in Oaxaca, Mexico, includes a seven-month public consultation with the residents of the local community.

On November 30, an assembly led by the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER), was convened in the community of Union Hidalgo, attended by approximately 1,100 people. 90% of the attendees were in favor of continuing the public consultation.

The proposed project is a 300 MW wind project with 252 MW under contract with the  Federal Power Commission (CFE) Basic Supply under the 2016 Second Long Term Auction.

2019 Asset Optimization Continuous Improvement Contest

A contest we all can win!

The Asset Optimization Group is holding a Continuous Improvement contest in 2019. The contest will be open to anyone in the AO Group. Each quarter there will be a winner, with an overall winner selected from the quarterly four.

What is Continuous Improvement? 

The essence of Continuous Improvement is simple:

Small but frequent improvements to business systems or service delivery deliver profound improvements when integrated over time.

Easy, right?  Not for many organizations!  EDF Renewables needs to maximize all aspects of business performance to remain competitive in a changing marketplace. Can’t picture it?  Consider how “delaying perfection” actually costs opportunity.

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For example, do you remember OSI Pi, a database which standardizes SCADA data?  Those who do might also remember its evolution into TruAlytics, and now to the PBA and the OLF dashboards.  This didn't happen as a step change, but rather as incremental improvements over time.

Improving any activity requires problem-solving.  Whether the problem-solving tool is simple, like a 5 Why, or more complex, like an 8 Step, the basic process still follows: Plan-Do-Study-Act. Using one of the many problem-solving tools, bring your best game to the EDF Renewables Asset Optimization Continuous Improvement Contest.

This 2019 contest will reward those who document their best Continuous Improvement efforts.  More information will follow in the Wire and on the Quality Department's 2019 Continuous Improvement Contest page on ECRM.

Get in the game…you can’t win if you don’t play!

A Battery Storage System Can Be The Perfect Complement to Your New Solar PPA

By Michael Pariser, Associate Director of Origination - Publish by Smart Energy Decisions

As the solar industry continues to make progress on the technology cost curve, the economic competitiveness of solar power has steadily become a reality in U.S. markets across California and the desert southwest.  Solar generation is increasingly becoming a significant portion of the California and southwest regions’ power supply mix, especially during daylight hours.  However, “too much of a good thing” may be the best way to describe the hourly time-of-day price distortions being caused by an oversupply of cheap solar during daylight hours in California, Arizona, and Nevada, a phenomenon known as the “duck curve”.

Click HERE to read the full article.

The American Wind Wildlife Institute

10 Years of Collaboration on Solutions for Wind Energy and Wildlife

In November, at the start of the AWEA Clean Energy Executive Summit, Tristan Grimbert, CEO of EDF Renewables celebrated the 10th anniversary of the American Wind Wildlife Institute, and Greg Wolf, CEO Leeward Renewable Energy, announced a new Industry Fund – the Wind and Wildlife Research Fund – created to facilitate research on wind-wildlife interactions and expedite the development and deployment of innovative solutions. Read the entire announcement HERE.

AWWI conducts and supports scientific research to better understand wind energy’s risks to wildlife and develop solutions to avoid, minimize, and offset those impacts. Built on a strong partnership of leaders, AWWI works collaboratively with the wind industry, conservation and science organizations, and wildlife management agencies to ensure that wind energy and wildlife both thrive.

Click the graphic below to watch the 5-minute AWWI 10th Anniversary video featuring EDF Renewables Mike Azeka, Director Environmental Strategy and Dr. James Walker, Sr. Advisor, Political and Policy Strategy.

USA Open Enrollment for 2019 Benefits Going on NOW!

Your annual Benefit Enrollment will be on-line through DAYFORCE. Take action today to confirm/enroll in your 2019 benefits. Open Enrollment will close at 8:30 pm (PST) on December 14th.

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HOW TO ACCESS OPEN ENROLLMENT IN DAYFORCE:
  1. Select “Benefits” in the Menu.
  2. Select “Start Enrollment” next to Open Enrollment.
  3. Select “Submit Enrollment” for review by human resources. You may resubmit changes to your open enrollment at any time through December 14th, 2018.
  4. To review what you have submitted during Open Enrollment, go to “Benefits” in the Menu, select “Forms,” locate “Forms Submitted,” and click on “View Details.”
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

2019 Annual Open Enrollment Packet click here
Quick Reference Guide - Open Enrollment in DAYFORCE click here
Visit ECRM for up-to-date information on Open Enrollment click here

Benefit Overview Sessions - Three (3) benefit overview sessions remain. All sessions will cover the same information.

Session 2        Thursday, December 6th        2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (PST)
Session 3        Monday, December 10th        9:00 am - 10:00 am (PST)
Session 4        Thursday, December 13th      10:00 am – 11:00 am (PST)

AFLAC Group Session - If interested in learning more about AFLAC, please accept the outlook invitation sent for Thursday, December 6 at 9:00 am (PST). In the event that you are unable to make that group session, please reach out directly to Bob Ahearn, authorized AFLAC representative at (909) 754-5734 or robert_ahearn@us.aflac.com. All requests to enroll or change your AFLAC policies must be made with AFLAC directly, no later than December 14th, 2018.

Sen any questions you have to benefits@edf-re.com.

View the 2019 Holidays & Pay Dates in Dayforce

by Karen Wood, Human Resources Manager 

The first and easiest place to see the upcoming 2019 Holidays and Pay Dates is in Dayforce.

You can view the calendar in either the Dayforce desktop or mobile app.

To view the complete instructions, plus a preview of what's coming in 2019 click HERE.

To view EDF Renewables US internal job postings go to your Dayforce, login and click careers!
For EDF Renewables Canada opportunities, contact Laurence Lauzon
For Distributed Solutions – East opportunities click HERE.
To view EDF Renewables Mexico opportunities click HERE.

ECRM Application Patching Scheduled Downtime

Friday, December 8th beginning at 8pm, expected to complete at midnight

RFC: 1198

Our ECRM implementation requires several updates to remediate security risks identified by Information Security.

This is a major patch for the Enterprise Applications team and a significant amount of testing will be done after patching runs to confirm successful updates and continued functionality across all systems that interface with ECRM.  Please sync data locally as needed if you anticipate the need to access ECRM anytime Friday evening after 8pm.

If you have any questions or concerns about this patch, or if you experience any issues after patching has completed, contact –

Jonathan Medel, Supervisor – Applications Engineering
phone: 1.858.521.3447
mobile: 1.858.231.2038
email: Jonathan.Medel@edf-re.com

Java/7-Zip Patching 12/10/18

by Nick Gallagher, Systems Administrator

This will impact ALL EMPLOYEES:
As part of EDF Renewables’ commitment to securing our end-user machines and maintaining our end-user infrastructure, we will be patching your system. Third Party patching will begin after hours Monday, December 10th, at 6pm PT and will be rolled out to EDF Renewables Laptops and Desktops. This should cause 15 minutes of down time during which your system will prompt and minimize your active windows. Some applications may need to be closed to perform the install, some systems will experience longer down times depending on the device.

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What to expect:
We will be patching Java and 7-Zip. You may see a pop-up indicating that software is being installed. You will have the ability to close programs, continuing the installation or defer the deployment up to 3 times. A reboot should not be necessary.

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:

  1. Search for “Software Center” in the windows start bar and launch the program.
  2. Select the “Options” tab and then set your business hours. When possible, the system will install software and perform reboots outside of the hours you normally work.
    Note: This will not stop reboots if the install has passed the 5 day threshold.

For Questions or Concerns:
Contact the IT Support Service Desk at 858-521-3400.

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