State of the Company

February 2, 2018

On February 2, President & CEO Tristan Grimbert presented the quarterly State of the Company address. 47% of the North American team attended either in person or via WebEx. If you couldn't attend, the slides are available as a .pdf document on ECRM.

A video, "How Does One Define a Year", produced by the Communications Team, kicked off the meeting. For an inspiring look back at 2017 and ahead to 2018, the video is available to watch again here.

Below are the key topics of interest from the address:

  • How we did against our 2017 Goals at the EDF, EDF EN, EDF EN North America levels including a view of EDF EN North America's dashboard tracking the company’s top 11 goals.
  • An update on the key US Legislative topics and how the renewable industry thwarted most of the worst potential negative impacts.
  • The 2017 successes of each business unit including MW put into service, MW under construction, O&M and Generation achievements.

A new format was introduced to add Hows and Whys to the Whats of our business strategies:

  • Why EDF purchased ‘safe harbor’ WTGs as part of a strategy for the PTC Phase-out past 2020.
  • Why U.S. offshore wind is a viable market for us now.
  • How offering storage with all solar projects increases profitability by shifting MWh to peak priced hours.
  • Why we are combining our solar and battery distributed business into the same group as we implement our distributed energy strategy.
  • Why we invested in Nuvve to develop a marketable system for solar carports with storage, EV charging, and energy management that charges smartly plus can provide grid support services.
  • Why hiring a new EVP of Operations to oversee both Generation & O&M will capitalize on the strengths and synergies of the two groups.

View the slides on ECRM here.

State of the Company Dates for 2018

  • Friday, April 6, 10 am PST
  • Friday July 13, 8 am PST
  • Friday October 12, 10 am PST

Project News

Red Pine Wind Project Commissioning

On January 31, EDF RE announced the commissioning of the Red Pine wind project, located in the state of Minnesota. The 200 MW project consists of 100 wind turbines and generates enough power to meet the consumption of 92,000 homes.
Read the full press release here.

North Carolina Solar Projects

Construction has begun on two projects for Dominion energy in Northampton County, N.C.

Pecan Solar

  • The facility is expected to become operational in late 2018.
  • 74.9 MWp
  • Located on approximately 1,158 acres
  • Consists of approximately 927,180 modules

Gutenberg Solar

  • The facility is expected to become operational in mid-2019.
  • 79.9 MWp
  • Located on approximately 1,126 acres
  • Consists of approximately 279,552 modules

Read more about Dominion's solar projects here.

EDF EN Canada Commissions Nicolas-Riou Wind Project

On January 11, EDF EN Canada announced the commissioning of Nicolas-Riou, a 224.25 MW wind project that comprises 65 turbines of 3.45 MW supplied by Vestas. Nicolas-Riou is located in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, on the private and public lands of TNO Boisbouscache and the municipalities of Sainte-Françoise, Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux, Saint-Médard (RCM Basques) and Saint-Eugene-de-Ladrière (RCM of Rimouski-Neigette).

Read the full press release here.

Blackspring Ridge Funds Project for Seniors

Thanks to a grant from Blackspring Ridge Community Fund to the Marquis Foundation, 70 seniors in the city of Vulcan received boxes of Christmas cheer from some enterprising Santa’s helpers.

Watch their heartwarming video here.

Clifton Park Project Built by groSolar

During its first year of operation, the 1 MW landfill project saved the city of Clifton Park, NY $49,000 in energy costs. The project began operation in December of 2016, mounted on top of the town’s capped landfill.

The success of the project’s first year of operation has inspired the town to seek even more ways to save money on energy.

Read the article in the Saratogian News.

2018 Development Summit Attendees Share Expertise

Over 220 attendees participated in this year's Development Summit, January 23 - 25, at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego.

Attendees received an abundance of relevant and useful information in 11 sessions:

  • Regulatory/legislative & environmental
  • Pricing & modeling overview for 2018
  • Canada & Mexico auction analysis
  • Utility scale storage
  • Development overview from the regions
  • Cross sale of products & services
  • Developing optimal projects – what makes a winning wind project?
  • Costing engine
  • Distributed energy business
  • Offshore wind
  • Brand strategy

The keynote address was given by Todd Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer Franklin Covey.

The presentations from the sessions are available on ECRM on the Event Page.


San Diego Blood Drive a Big Success

Danielle Simms and Jonathan Gonzales were among the 37 blood donors. Isabell Sanchez staffs the sign-in table.

With the flu season knocking many potential donors out of the pool, employees in the San Diego office stepped up to do their part by donating 33 pints of blood to help fill shortages at the San Diego Blood Bank.


First prize award: an Apple iPad

The deadline of February 9 is fast approaching for EDF EN’s "WATT ABOUT US?" photo contest. Have you uploaded your favorite photos yet?

Visit the contest site here to submit and view photos.

Employee voting will take place from February 12 to March 9, 2018. The vote will be open to all employees. All you need to do is register on the platform and "like" your favorite photos.

A map view of our submitted photos as of 2/4/18.

News from EDF’s International Division IN' 21 January 2018

In January’s edition of IN’, you can read about:

  • Off-grid solar kits in Ghana and the Ivory Coast
  • 3D urban planning tools developed in France
  • Meet the Sinop Energia construction team in Brazil and see their progress on the hydroelectric project
  • Plus the latest from Dubai, Chile and Paris

It’s all here in the latest edition of IN' (on ECRM - scroll down to the bottom of the Newsletter Page).

5th Edition of the EDF Pulse Internal Awards Now Open

Submit your most innovative projects before February 23

The fifth edition of the EDF Pulse internal awards will be a source of innovation for the entire EDF Group! Act now to represent North America and submit your most innovative projects. To be eligible, your project must be tangible, i.e. in trial period or implemented in 2017/2018.

It must fall under one of the following four categories and meet all of the selective criteria:


  • Innovation for low-carbon power production
  • Innovation for Group transformation
  • Innovation for customers and communities
  • Innovation for health and safety


  • Innovative: triggers a change, new, bold
  • Efficient/Effective: significant, measurable benefits
  • Replicable: in the company/outside
  • Collaborative/Co-developed: opens doors, resource pooling, co-creation.

For all the details, visit the EDF Pulse Internal Awards page on ECRM.

Welcome New Employees

January 2018

Name Title Location Start Date
Alexandra Richard Administrative Assistant Montréal, Qc 1/8/2018
Anais Lambrou Associate Director, Business Development Oakland 1/22/2018
April Pankaskie Business Coordinator Slate Creek 1/8/2018
Christine Melendez Technician I, Accounts Payable San Diego 1/8/2018
Damien Plingos Senior Manager, Network Operations San Diego 1/16/2018
David Seip Shift Supervisor Allendale 1/22/2018
Derek Janni Software Engineer, Performance Analytics Development Portland 1/16/2018
Fabian Barajas Control Center Operator I San Diego 1/22/2018
Garrick Smith Wind Technician Goodnoe 1/22/2018
John Whitehead Pre-Construction Manager San Diego 1/16/2018
Juan Carlos Taboada Manager, Business Services Houston 1/10/2018
Kristen Hamel Market Risk Analyst San Diego 1/2/2018
Lybelle Raymond Administrative Assistant Montréal, Qc 1/10/2018
Mina Thai Tax Analyst Montreal, Qc 1/15/2018
Richard Clark Senior Cybersecurity Engineer San Diego 1/2/2018
Rizwaan Qasim Area Technical Specialist Ontario, Canada 1/29/2018
Steven Hooks Operations and Maintenance Manager Allendale 1/22/2018
Steven Orbuch Associate Director, Business Development San Diego 1/22/2018
Travis Couch Site Manager Rock Falls 1/2/2018
Tyson Van Peursem Wind Technician Fenton 1/29/2018
Wayne Humble Accounting Specialist, Billing and Collections San Diego 1/2/2018

Congratulations! Promotions and Transfers

January 2018

Name Title Location Start Date
Alex Cordova Plant Superintendent Heartland 1/22/2018
Alvin Exevea Systems Administrator San Diego 1/8/2018
Camilla Mason OCC Regulatory Specialist San Diego 1/22/2018
Carolina Castro IT Business Relationship Manager San Diego 1/8/2018
Ed Jones Senior Manager, Enterprise Architecture San Diego 1/8/2018
Jason Thomas Asset Manager Colorado 1/22/2018
Randy De La Vega Desktop Support Technician San Diego 1/8/2018
Robert Sullivan OCC Projects Manager San Diego 1/22/2018

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