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Winter Driving Safety Tips

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 Winter Driving Safety Tips. 

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

Press Release: EDF Renewables North America Awarded Contract for Solar Project in New York

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 29, 2019): EDF Renewables North America today announced the 212 megawatt (MWdc) / 170 MWac Morris Ridge Solar Project was awarded a long-term contract by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as part of the 2018 Renewable Energy Standard Solicitation. The Project, sited on approximately 1,000 acres in the Town of Mount Morris, south of the Village of Mount Morris, expects to deliver clean electricity by the end of 2022.

Stephane Desdunes, Director of Development, Northeast Region for EDF Renewables North America said, “Our team is thrilled to be awarded the 170 MWac Morris Ridge Solar Project to help fulfill New York State’s goal to achieve 70% of the state’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030. The region, including the Town of Mount Morris and Livingston County, will benefit from procurement and employment opportunities throughout the development, construction and operational phases. Morris Ridge will bring more than 200 jobs during peak construction and contribute millions of dollars to the County, Town and School District during the operational life of the project.”

EDF Renewables looks forward to a continued collaboration with the Town of Mount Morris towards the realization of the Project. Supervisor Charles DiPasquale commented, “The Town Board is excited by the contract with NYSERDA that will make the project and its benefits a reality for the town and surrounding community.”

“Congratulations to EDF Renewables for its successful participation in this solicitation, which is a concrete step towards meeting New York’s nation-leading clean energy goals under Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal,” said Doreen Harris, Director of Large-Scale Renewables, NYSERDA. “NYSERDA worked closely with EDF Renewables and the Town of Mount Morris to make community engagement and responsible siting a priority, ensuring the project will not only help steward our precious natural resources, but benefit the state and local economy, and its workers.”

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of over 39,000 average New York homes1.   This is equivalent to avoiding nearly 140,000 metric tons of carbon (CO₂) emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 30,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year2.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 15 gigawatts of wind, solar, and storage projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

1 According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2017 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data. 

2 According to U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations

2019 Pulse Awards: The Projects that Change Everything!

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

From today until February 20, 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.

Give Your Time. Show Your Altruism. Get Involved.

Be a Voluntter for Feeding America - Deadline February 2nd!

The Wellness Committee at EDF has organized a group volunteer shift doing food sorting for Feeding America! This is a great way to give back to the local community while helping a top-rated charity. Friends and family members who are 6 years or older are welcome to join as well!

Where?           9455 Waples Street, Suite 135 San Diego, CA 92121
When?           Saturday, February 9, 9-11AM

The Deadline to Sign Up is February 2nd!

How to Sign Up:

  1. Visit http://vhub.at/fsd
  2. Click “Sign in” in the upper right hand corner and follow the steps as instructed.
  3. During this step, you will be asked to enter your groups join code: 1988
  4. After you sign in or create an account, look for your group volunteer shift on the calendar.
  5. Click the “Sign Up” button to the left of your group’s volunteer shift.
  6. Each Volunteer will receive a confirmation email when signed up successfully.

For more information about the volunteer shift, contact Keri Minnick at keri.minnick@edf-re.com.

The 10/20/30 PowerPoint Rule

Online Article by Bob Mills, Pier 8 Group

Former Apple-brand-evangelist-turned-venture-capitalist Guy Kawasaki has listened to hundreds of entrepreneurs pitch their ideas, hoping to get funding for their business ventures. Most of these pitches are “crap” (his words): “60 slides about patent pending”, “first mover advantage” and “all we have to do get 1% of the people in China to buy it.” After years of listening to pitches like these, he’s made it his mission to promote the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint.

It’s quite simple: a PowerPoint presentation should have 10 slides, last no more than 20 minutes, and contain no font smaller than 30 points.

Ten slides, he argues, is the optimal number because no normal person can understand and retain more than 10 concepts in the course of a business meeting. How you select those 10 slides is up to you, but typically they will identify the problem, present your solution, talk about how to achieve it, who will do it, the timeline and a summary.

Twenty minutes is the amount of time it should take. Never mind that you have an hour for the presentation. Get it done in 20 minutes and you’ll have an extra 40 for discussion.

Thirty points for the font. How many times have you looked at slides filled with paragraphs and bullet points of 10 point text? It’s as much text as anyone could fit on the screen. To add insult to injury, the presenter proceeds to read the text! Of course, the audience figures this out and begins to read it too, putting them out of synch with the presenter.

Like most of you, I’ve done many presentations – business pitches, reports to clients, speeches to fellow communicators and classroom lectures – and I’ll admit I’ve broken every one of these rules. The 30 point rule I can abide by – it just makes sense to use a visual medium like PowerPoint to present visual images. Ten slides? That’s a challenge, so if it slips to 15 I don’t care. Twenty minutes – that’s the hardest one, but it’s a great tip. Always leave them asking for more and you’ll have lots to talk about when the discussion begins.

Additional Resources

Fix Your Presentations: 21 Quick Tips
How to Give a Killer Presentation
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs
(video)

 

Did You Know...Wind Makes Superbowl Commercials?

 

Watch Budweiser's wind-powered Superbowl commercial, "Wind Never Felt Better" and get ready for the game!

Click on the picture to watch!

 

 

Year in Review Video - The Power that Abounds

Produced by Hilde Baumann, Communications

Powerful strides were taken in 2018 as a culmination of all of our efforts.  Watch the year in review video through the link above and celebrate our amazing year.

Save the Date: State of the Company

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 Progress

 

 

Talent Development Success Pathways - Mentorship

Have you thought about how you could learn something new about the business in a different way?

We can help you to connect with a Mentor who will help you to learn, grow and understand the business from their point of view, their wisdom and their EDF Renewables business experience.

Check out ECRM/Departments/Human Resources/Talent Development Success Pathways for more information, then reach out!

CONTACT Ally Endicott at Ally.Endicott@edf-re.com or 1-858-521-2946 for more information.

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.

Click Here to Expand the New Hires
NAME TITLE LOCATION START DATE
Anthony Fairley O&M Plant Manager Delta Township, MI 1/1/2019
Gregory Stuurman Wind Technician K2, Ontario 1/2/2019
Rosario Entrena Civil/Structural Engineer San Diego 1/7/2019
Kyle Georgeson Senior Energy Storage Engineer Oakland 1/7/2019
Evan Mallett Sr. Land Acquisition Manager Houston 1/7/2019
Jarett Goldsmith Sr. Manager Offshore Procurement and Contracts San Diego 1/7/2019
Ishant Desai Development Engineer Engineering 1/7/2019
Laurie Dillon Lead Senior Accountant San Diego 1/7/2019
Cody Wilhite Wind Technician Spinning Spur II 1/7/2019
Jonathan Smith Area Technical Specialist Slate Creek 1/7/2019
Bryan Towe Director, Strategic Growth San Diego 1/7/2019
Florian Roscheck Data Scientist San Diego 1/14/2019
Sami Waheed Intern- DES San Diego 1/15/2019
Michael Yang Sr Wind Technician K2, Ontario 1/21/2019

 

Jeffrey Wright Software Engineer San Diego 1/22/2019
Antonio Metheny Wind Technician Benton County 1/22/2019
Erik Tong Intern- Supply Chain San Diego 1/22/2019
Sean Ely Digital Innovation Manager San Diego 1/28/2019
Poojan Parekh Sr. Data Science & Simulation Analyst San Diego 1/28/2019

Click Here to Expand Transfers/Promotions
NAME TITLE LOCATION START DATE
Peter Bay Senior Manager, Business Development West Lebanon, NH 12/31/2019
Myles Burnsed VP, Strategic Developments Columbia, MD 12/31/2019
Lincoln Lande Senior Director, Business Development West Lebanon, NH 12/31/2019
Sterling Root Manager, Business Development Columbia, MD 12/31/2019

 

Ian Schonwald Manager, Business Development Minneapolis, MN 12/31/2019
Allen Tate Manager, Project Development West Lebanon, NH 12/31/2019
Hanson Wood Vice President, Strategic Development Initiatives Oakland 1/1/2019
Chris Cochenour PDS Technician Tuolumne 1/7/2019
Bradley Seaver PDS Specialist Tuolumne 1/7/2019
Ki-Tok James Area Technical Specialist Salt Forks 1/7/2019
Stirling Sanchez Site Manager Silver Star 1/7/2019
Shane Peters Site Manager Trinity Hills 1/7/2019
Scott Kuhlke Senior Project Development Manager Oakland 1/7/2019
Mitch Tsuhako PDS Technician Pacwind 1/7/2019
Justin Graham PDS Technician Lakefield 1/7/2019
Kelly Baldwin Project Administrator Columbia, MD 1/7/2019
Teressa Wilson Project Contracts Manager Columbia, MD 1/7/2019
Jessica Westover Solar Technician Southgate, On 1/7/2019
Steven Cole Advanced Solar Technician Orillia, On 1/7/2019
Alex Couture Regional Sr Director Montreal, Qc 1/7/2019
Amanda Fleming Wind Energy Analyst San Diego 1/14/2019
Max Hardage Manager, Valuation and Analytics San Diego 1/14/2019
Valerie Mason Associate Program Manager San Diego 1/14/2019
Jimmy Chilvers Advanced Wind Technician Saint-Robert-Bellarmin, Qc 1/21/2019

 

Michael Christensen Site Manager Sherbino Mesa II 1/21/2019
Cory Severson Site Manager Hereford 1/21/2019
Carolina Castro Sr. IT Business Relationship Manager San Diego 1/21/2019
Travis Delong Balance of Plant Technician Stoneray 1/21/2019
Erik Hale Sr. Director, Wind Assessment & GIS San Diego 1/21/2019
IT Operations Maintenance - Mon Feb 4, 2019 6PM-Midnight PST

IT Operations will be performing maintenance on the EDF Renewables corporate wireless infrastructure.  This includes the corporate and guest wireless networks in San Diego (“EDF-RE Corp” and “EDF-RE Guest”) as well as the wireless networks at generation sites and remote offices (“EDF-RE Office”, “EDF-RE Guest” and the SSIDs in Montreal).

We plan to start the maintenance at 6PM PST on Monday 2/4/19 and we anticipate up to 6 hours of impact on all corporate and guest wireless networks.  This maintenance involves firmware upgrades and best practice configuration changes that should improve reliability but should not impact or change any existing functionality.  Some of these changes are in preparation of future planned security and infrastructure enhancements. If you have any questions please contact the Support Services team.

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.

 

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.

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.

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AWWI Wraps Up 10th Anniversary - Celebrating Dr. James Walker and Announcing Walker Fellowship

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Development Summit Held at Paradise Point

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Upcoming Events

SEIA Solar Power Northeast

Feb 5-6 | Boston, MA

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