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Weekly Safety Message

Avoiding Flu and Winter Illness

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 Avoiding the Flu and Winter Illness.

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

 

 

2019 Pulse Awards: The Projects that Change Everything!

New edition, new projects! Are you working on an innovative project?

You have until February 20 to, submit an application and take part of EDF Group's biggest internal challenge dedicated to innovation!

Before you start, make sure that...

  • The presentation of your project is validated by your manager.
  • Your project is tangible, i.e. in trial period or implemented since 2018/2019
  • Your project enters into one of the following 4 categories and observe all of the selective criteria

Find out more details here on how to participate.

Press Release: EDF Renewables and SITAC Group Sign Power Purchase Agreement Covering 300 MW of Wind Project in India

New Delhi, February 4th 2019 – EDF Renewables in India and its partner for wind energy in India, the SITAC Group today announce the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement covering the output of 300 MW of wind project recently awarded by the Indian government.

This power purchase agreement (PPA) was the outcome of a competitive tender process launched by the Indian government under the 5th tender process of the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The award was granted in September 2018.

The energy produced by the planned wind farms will be sold under a 25-year PPA, to SECI a company of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable energy, dedicated to renewable energy development.

The output from this wind project will provide clean energy for the annual electricity requirements of more than 1.3 million Indian people.

The development, construction, financing and asset management of the 300 MW of wind project is being undertaken by SITAC Management & Development Pvt. Ltd., the joint venture company of EDF Renewables in India and the SITAC Group, dedicated to wind energy.

Construction of the wind farm will start in 2019.

“This new 300 MW wind project, successfully secured through our partnership with SITAC, contributes to EDF’s CAP 2030 strategy, which aims to double worldwide renewable capacity to over 50 GW net between 2015 and 2030. With about 800 MW of wind and solar gross capacity in development, construction or operation in India, EDF Renewables is delighted to participate to the Government’s ambitious goals in tackling climate change,” commented Bruno Bensasson, EDF Executive Director for the Renewable Energy Division and Chairman and CEO of EDF Renewables.

“With this award we significantly increase our foot print in the Indian renewable energy market to 600 MW of operational and awarded wind power. We are making a significant contribution to establishing a clean energy supply in India and to creating jobs and value for our employees and local partners. ” said Mr Malvinder Singh.

Mr Malvinder Singh is the founder and Chairman of the SITAC Group. As an entrepreneur, he has built successful business across India, Europe and internationally, including the wind energy business.

Results of My EDF Survey 2018

Discover a few key indicators of the My EDF Group survey 2018 at EDF Renewables.

Click on the image to read the results.

 

WIRE: the Company App is coming soon!

The Company Communications App, WIRE, is on its way! This app will deliver internal news real-time to your smart phone. STAY TUNED! 

Questions? Wire@edf-re.com

IN' January #31 Edition – People Review

News from the International Division

Here we have colleagues who joined the International Division a few weeks or months ago, working in Peru, Paris and Asia. They work as project managers, investment managers, health and safety managers or in the marketing department. Today you will be introduced to eight new ID recruits as they tell us why they joined the International Division and what motivates them everyday.

Read the eight interviews where they share their surprises and enthusiasm with us here.

Infocast Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit

By Danielle Simms, Events Coordinator, Communications

This week at Infocast Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit, EDF Renewables co-hosted our annual networking reception with Morrison & Foerster at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Business contacts and colleagues mingled among cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in good spirit. We had representatives from over 100 different companies, solidifying the importance of maintaining business connections and camaraderie in our industry.

We will be hosting a similar reception next month for the Infocast Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit in March. Please find conference & event details posted within our Corporate Events calendar in ECRM.

 

 

New Offering from L&D – O&M SAP Process Overview Training Sessions

by Alexa Cordell, Business Solutions & e-Learning Specialist

The Business Systems Training Subject Matter Expert (SME) Team has been working vigorously to better understand and adhere to the needs of the field, in regards to Business Systems training. We have come up with a conventional solution to provide frequent “O&M SAP Process Overview Training Sessions” that will assist SAP users in understanding the overall life cycle, from an O&M field perspective, of the Service Order process and the Procure-to-Pay process. To understand more about this new offering, please review the Q&A below:

Why? These sessions will be available to provide a place for review of common SAP O&M processes and to give guidance or provide answers to any questions that are posed by the trainees. The overview session will always include the latest information related to our processes and will give the trainees a communication channel where they can receive instant feedback on how to complete a task, who to reach out to, or why we perform certain functions.

What topics will be covered? This open training forum is designed to give an overview from start to finish of the Service Order life cycle and the Procure-to-Pay life cycle, as it is outlined for the O&M field team members. The topics that will be included in this overview session are listed below:

  • Corrective Notifications
  • Corrective Service Order Creation
  • Time Confirmation
  • Material Consumption
  • Purchase Requisitions
  • Sales Orders

It is also important to note that the audience in attendance will help drive the discussion topics and due to this, not all topics will be covered in depth during each session.

Who should attend? Sessions are open to anyone who registers and wants to join. We strongly encourage anyone who is new to SAP, new to our Company, or new to their position to attend. Sessions are hosted by the Business Systems Training SME team. Those who do attend, please make sure that you have completed or reviewed any available and associated documents and/or training material/e-Learning prior to attending, as this is not intended as an introductory training session.

When and where will these sessions occur? All sessions will be conducted via WebEx and will be administered once a week, every week for one hour. This offering will be starting the week of February 4th, 2019.

How do I register to attend? All available dates and times are to be posted on ECRM Training Calendar & Registration Portal as available.

We are excited to get started with this offering and look forward to working with you and helping you succeed! If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at TrainingDept@edf-re.com.

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The Body Language Mistakes You Don't Realize You're Making at Work, According to Experts

By Sophia Gottfried, TIME.com

You met deadlines and put in extra hours at work—yet you still haven’t landed that coveted promotion or cultivated meaningful connections with coworkers. Could it be your body language that’s holding you back?

When it comes to communication, “you might be saying one or two words, but giving off thousands of nonverbal cues,” says body language expert and author Patti Wood. These nonverbal cues, which include everything from your posture to your expression, are crucial to any interaction—and it’s especially important to project the correct cues at work, she says.

Even with so much at stake, experts say we’re often completely unaware of a whole host of body language faux pas we’re committing in the workplace. Here are some common ones—and how to correct them.

Read the full article here.

SAVE THE DATE: State of Company

February 22nd

Stay tuned for these upcoming topics to be covered during the State of the Company:

  • Financial & Operational Performance Results
  • 2019 Goals
  • North American Development Plan ProgressStay tuned for these upcoming topics to be covered during the State of the Company:
    • Financial & Operational Performance Results
    • 2019 Goals
    • North American Development Plan Progress

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.

New Job Postings This Week

Asset Manager

Corporate Office, San Diego, CA, Houston, TX, USA Req #219
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Scope: Asset Manager has the responsibility for supporting the process of managing renewable energy projects while maximizing their profits, optimizing their performance and returns.  The candidate will oversee projects’ operational, commercial and financial matters.

Solar Technician

Altoona, PA, USA Req #218
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Scope: This position, under specific direction from the site manager, or his/her designee, maintains photovoltaic power and energy storage systems.  The scope includes, but not limited to full system installation, commissioning, maintenance, system performance evaluation and troubleshooting of power and energy systems.

Associate Director - Development

Houston, TX, USA Req #220
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Scope: The Associate Director is responsible for leading the curation, management and execution of a portfolio of development projects located in the Southeast. Duties include, but are not limited to, project site selection, land acquisition campaigns, interconnection, permitting, tax benefit securitization, and leading the technical review from internal and external subject matter experts to advance project development to commercial operations. The role is also required to take a leadership position as the pre-capitalization Phase Leader and work with the Origination and Valuation and Transaction teams of the project, followed by pre-construction preparation and support through the project’s commissioning and financing. The Associate Director will be responsible for the budget, competitive analysis, pricing strategy, and leadership of the internal communications for the portfolio of projects created or assigned.

Asset Manager

Corporate Office, San Diego, CA, USA Req #219
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Scope:  Asset Manager has the responsibility for supporting the process of managing renewable energy projects while maximizing their profits, optimizing their performance and returns.  The candidate will oversee projects’ operational, commercial and financial matters.

Summer Intern

Corporate Office, San Diego, CA, USA Req #217
Friday, February 1, 2019
Scope:  We are looking for talented interns to join us for our 2019 Summer Internship program at our Corporate offices in San Diego, CA.  You should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained valuable experience in renewable energies.

Visit the Careers page on Dayforce for more details on these job postings and other listings.

Dennis Earle has joined EDF Renewables as a Wind Technician reporting to Johnny Garcia, Site Manager. He will be responsible for, under specific direction from the Site Manager, maintaining turbines, including but not limited to preventative maintenance and repairs as needed. He will be based out of our Roosevelt/Milo Wind Park located in Portales, NM. His email address is: dennis.earle@edf-re.com.

Sergio Uvalle has joined EDF Renewables as a Wind Technician reporting to Johnny Garcia, Site Manager. He will be responsible for, under specific direction from the Site Manager, maintaining turbines, including but not limited to preventative maintenance and repairs as needed. He will be based out of our Roosevelt/Milo Wind Park located in Portales, NM. His email address is: servio.uvalle@edf-re.com.

February Classes Available - Microsoft Office, ECRM, and Other IT Training

A variety of technology classes have been scheduled for EDF employees, offered by David Diskin, certified Microsoft Office “Master”.

All classes are offered in English, onsite in San Diego, broadcast live via WebEx, and recorded. David Diskin is also available for team training outside of the schedule.

Visit the Training Course Registration page on ECRM to register for classes.  Once there, click on a course title for a detailed class description.

Demystifying Cybersecurity by Kevin Brown

Demystifying Cybersecurity

What’s in a name? Cybersecurity, cyber security, cyber-security, information security, IT security - no matter how you see it printed it’s all the same. Cybersecurity should not be shrouded in mystery nor should it only invoke thoughts of hooded figures hunched over laptops for hours on end staring at lines of code. The purpose of cybersecurity is a simple one really; helping to protect data, networks, and services from unauthorized access and compromise. The stakes are larger now than they have ever been because of the uber-connected world we live in. It’s more than just information loss we are concerned with, which is why the term information security has somewhat gone out of use in the industry. It’s hard enough to explain what cybersecurity professionals do without also having to break through the barriers of misinformation that all we do is write policies and and act is the police officers of the network. This article will hopefully shed some light on that.

The Foundation

Cybersecurity is built on five foundational functions; Identifying risks and vulnerabilities, protecting networks from exploitation, detecting anomalies, responding to cybersecurity incidents, and recovering from the fallout of those incidents. We’ll go through a high-level overview of each below.

Identification: This function helps us develop a better understanding of the cybersecurity risk to systems, people, assets, data, and capabilities in our environment. Understanding the business context, the resources that support critical functions, and the related cybersecurity risks enables us to focus and prioritize efforts, consistent with our risk management strategy and the business needs.

This includes tasks such as vulnerability scanning, capturing risk data, auditing for compliance with established standards, and understanding all asset and resources on our networks requiring protection.

Protection: Outlines appropriate safeguards to ensure delivery of critical infrastructure services. Our main task here is to limit or contain the impact of a potential cybersecurity incident.

This function can be technical, such as, planning and implementing the security configurations of network devices and equipment. However, a large portion is administrative in nature involving such activities as establishing standards for access control, developing awareness campaigns, and authoring policies.

Detection: Defines the appropriate activities for the timely discovery and identification of a cybersecurity event. The goal here is to catch cybercriminals in the act by configuring our computing environment to be sensitive to anomalous behavior.

Cybercriminals are constantly working on ways to slip into our systems undetected and they are becoming increasingly good at it. Our monitoring and alerting configurations must be well planned and implemented throughout the environment to ensure we get timely and informative data we can quickly act on.

Response: Outlines the appropriate activities for actions taken regarding a detected cybersecurity incident. Cybersecurity incidents are going to happen, our goal is to contain the impact of those incidents to as small an area as possible.

Since they are inevitable our efforts must be focused on proper response plans for those incidents, communicating those plans to others, and continuously improving our security processes.

Recovery: Recovery is all about creating and maintaining resilience and quickly returning any capabilities or services that were lost due to a cybersecurity incident.

Disaster recovery and business continuity planning must be envisioned prior to the time they are needed otherwise downtime and possible revenue loss are increased exponentially. Not only is the planning important but also gaining familiarity with the process through response drills and looking for any blind spots using outside sources for resilience testing.

The X Factor

Even apart from all the concepts listed above, the most critical element to the success of any cybersecurity program is the average employee. Employees that are educated and trained are worth more than any tool we could ever purchase. Why? The best policies and technical controls in the world can be overcome by a single person clicking a link.

The EDF Renewables Cybersecurity Training Program’s aim is to equip all employees to be deterrents to cyber-attacks rather than unwilling participants in their successful spread through our computing environment. Courses are assigned quarterly and are mandatory for all employees. The point of the training is not to make you an expert, but to keep the security concepts fresh on your mind so that you are prepared for the inevitable.

Be on the lookout for cybersecurity training enrollment emails for the 1st Quarter of 2019 in the coming weeks.

Java Patching Impacting All Employees - Fri Feb 8, 2019 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 Tuesday, February 5th, at 6pm PT and will be rolled out to EDF 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.

What to expect:

We will be patching Java. 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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February 9th - Get Involved!  Feeding America Group Volunteer

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Upcoming Events

NET Conference

Feb 11-13 | San Diego, CA

Western Power Trading Forum

Feb 21-22 | San Diego, CA

Infocast Storage Week

Feb 25-27 | San Francisco, CA

AWEA O&M and Safety Seminar and Expo

Feb 27-28 | San Diego, CA

For a full calendar view of upcoming events, please click here