2017 Year in Review

Dear Team Members,

As the New Year is upon us with its usual brisk pace, I would like to express my most sincere thanks for the relentless dedication you demonstrated throughout 2017. And also to offer my best wishes for happiness health and success in 2018.

We operate in a very complex and demanding industry which requires rigor and courage to achieve success. Our wins come not only from individual contribution, but also from combined effort. I firmly believe it is the trust in one another that will propel us to even greater success.

Together we delivered 608.5 MW through the implementation of Red Pine (200 MW), Rock Falls (154 MW), Nicolas-Riou (224.5 MW) and 30 MW within our groSolar subsidiary. As well as bringing Switch (234 MWp), acquired during the construction phase, to fully operational status. Each one of these projects brought about interesting challenges which proved our ability to solve problems, mitigate risks and meet our contractual obligations.

Today we start 2018 with Copenhagen (80 MW), and Pecan-Gutenberg (230 MWp) in construction; and another 1.5 GW in our contracted backlog for implementation through 2020. The Distributed Energy Solutions team signed their first contract to deliver 40 MWh of behind-the-meter storage capacity. These data points are remarkable achievements and illustrate our team’s persistent drive to meet our customer’s needs and innovate with renewable products.

Within our organization, 2017 saw the reorganization of both our IT and Development Groups with 114 internal promotions along the way. I am extremely proud of our ability to develop career paths for our employees. Our talent continues to grow through a focus on training and development. In addition, we welcomed 120 new members to the EDF family.

In the increasingly competitive markets across North America, we must stay agile, keep improving our strengths, establish strategic partnerships and seek new growth opportunities.

We need to draw on our full skill set, along with the expertise and support of the EDF Group, to meet the ambitious and critical challenges that tomorrow will bring. I am confident in the future and in our ability to reach our goals for 2018.

I can’t express how proud I am of all the hurdles we’ve crossed, the challenges we’ve overcome, and the solutions we’ve innovated together. I am honored and thankful every day to be part of such a team.

Tristan Grimbert

GIVE Program Has Best Year Ever

GIVE is the charitable contribution matching program for EDF employees that makes donating and matching to the causes that matter to you, easy.

Each employee is entitled to $500 company match annually, subject to an overall corporate cap of $100,000/year.

In 2017 EDF employees in the USA and Canada donated $34,710 to over 130 causes. The company matched $31,627. Why less? Because the GIVE platform is so convenient that some employees continue to use it to make donations past the $500 limit for corporate for matching.

Now more convenient for employees in Canada.

On January 8th, the Give platform was relaunched with an upgrade to simplify donations for Canadian employees. Here’s what’s new:

  1. Employees now make their donations directly in the GIVE platform
  2. The donation currency is Canadian dollars (CAD)
  3. The platform sends the employee donation and the company match to the charitable organization
  4. The platform will provide employees with “official receipts” for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

All employees can access the GIVE Platform from the home page of ECRM. Your login credentials are the same as your corporate login.


Enter the EDF EN 2018 Photo Contest

EDF EN has launched "WATT ABOUT US?", an new internal photo contest dedicated to employees.

You have until February 9, 2018 to upload your most beautiful photographs.

This year, the human adventure is at the heart of the contest. The photos should highlight the men and women of EDF EN who are key to the company's success.

"WATT ABOUT US?” step by step :

By registering on the dedicated platform, you can participate either by uploading your photos or viewing/"liking" the photos of your colleagues.

Submission of photos and employee voting

  • Submission of photos (until February 09, 2018)
  • Employee voting (from February 12 to March 9, 2018)
    The vote is open to all employees, just register on the platform and "like" your favorite photos
  • First prize award: An apple iPad will be awarded to employee who took the photo with the highest number of likes
  • "Coup de Coeur": book of the 30 most beautiful photos (except the winning photo) will be presented to the Executive Committee members

The results will be announced the week of March 12, 2018.

Express your inner Ansel Adems/Annie Leibovitz! Submit your photos before February 9, 2018.

San Diego Holiday Food Drive Provides 17,235 meals!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated and the volunteers who helped organize, promote and gather all of the donations!

Physical Food Donations 1152 lbs. 960 meals
Monetary Donations (via GIVE Site) $1,627.50 16,275 meals
Company Match $1,627.50
Total   17,235 meals

Did You Know?

Of San Diego County’s 3.3 million residents, 494,439 people face food insecurity every day. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and their North County Food Bank chapter feed 370,000 people per month in partnership with 400 nonprofit community partners that operate feeding programs. Your donations have made an impact! For more information on hunger facts in San Diego County, please follow this link.

Year End News from groSolar

Project Milestones


The 6.6-MW Southwick project is making great progress according to superintendents Eric Emery and Ted Makaroff. Racking and module installation is currently underway and barring significant weather delays, construction should be completed by March 2018.

Superintendent Gavin Watson and the rest of the Eversource team have been hard at work on Montague solar. This 5-MW solar project achieved ‘construction completion’ this in December. Additional interconnection work with final approval from the utility is expected in Q1 2018.


Progress at Annapolis is moving swiftly. More than 1,200 concrete ballasts have been delivered and are being placed and prepared for racking and modules. Many on the Annapolis construction team worked through the holidays.

Twin Lantern

The 1.5 MW solar project has completed construction, passed utility inspections, and been given the green light from National Grid to operate! This project is a great example of success that took teamwork across the company. From working with the Mayor and neighbors in the early development days, to finding a new site, and finding a long-term owner, this project called upon the strong team work of Senior Project Manager Chip Voehl, Superintendent Mike Peryer, and the rest of the team.

Read more about Twin Lantern in the local press.

Mill Pond

The Mill Pond Vermont project was energized in December. Superintendent Derek Cypher and the Vermont team succeeded in completing the project on time using experienced, local contractors and effective communication between team members.


Progress continues steadily as the winter sets in at the Delta construction site in Lansing, Michigan. Superintendent Todd Wilson reports that site excavation is complete and driveways have been installed. Racking installation and pier driving has begun and continues despite muddy conditions.

See here for local news coverage.

EDF Expertise in Industry Publications

EDF Renewable Services and EDF Renewable Energy Subject Experts Share Knowledge

Nicolas Rossel, O&M Customer Account Manager in Mexico City wrote a two-part series on utility-scale O&M in Latin America, for PV Magazine.

The November article focused on plant operations, drawing upon lessons learned from Chile for how to best approach Latin American system operators and regulators.

The December article, focused on the maintenance side of the O&M formula, and how a proactive approach to activities can bring down long-term opex spending.

Todd Chwialkowski, a Senior NERC Compliance Specialist based out of Denver, CO. authored the lead story in the Jan-Feb issue of North American Clean Energy, NERC GADS Reporting to Include Wind Power.

The article was timely since the first Generating Availability Data System reporting deadline was January 1, 2018 and it adds credibility to EDF’s capabilities.

Jeanay Langer, O&M Sales & Marketing Proposal Coordinator, EDF Renewable Services, and Valerie Mason, Communications Manager, EDF Renewable Energy, both in San Diego, authored Budgeting for Wind Project O&M in Windpower Engineering 2018 Renewable Energy Guidebook.

The article covers the six most important things to think about when budgeting for project O&M tasks.

Rock Falls Wind Project Reaches Commercial Operation

The 154 MW Rock Falls Wind Project, located in Kay and Grant Counties in northern Oklahoma, began commercial operation in December 2017. Kimberly-Clark Corporation signed an agreement earlier this year for 120 MW of generation which marks Kimberly-Clark’s first utility scale use of renewable energy. Kimberly-Clark operates tissue and towel manufacturing facility in Jenks, Oklahoma, which produces products for the Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle and Viva brands. The electricity purchased from the Rock Falls wind project offsets 1.5 times the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the electricity consumption at the Jenks, Oklahoma manufacturing plant.

Rock Falls is our second project in Oklahoma. In 2016, we completed the Great Western Wind Project which supplies Google with its output of electricity.

EDF Renewable Services will provide balance-of-plant operations and maintenance for the facility.

EDF Renewable Energy Closes Series A Investment in Vehicle-to-Grid Start-up

In December 2017, EDF Renewable Energy closed on a Series A investment in San Diego-based Nuvve Corporation (Nuvve), a pioneer in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology. The investment and partnership with Nuvve is part of EDF Renewable Energy’s strategic growth in the distributed electricity and storage market. EDF RE joins Nuvve with Toyota Tsusho in the Series A round.

Nissan Tech Center Pilot Program with National Grid

Nuvve’s proven V2G solution allows parked electric vehicles (EVs) to serve as a virtual power plant by enabling bi-directional charging aligned to the needs of the grid. Nuvve’s platform is the first of its kind to provide commercial grid-balancing services. EDF RE and Nuvve look forward to working with grid operators and regulators to accelerate V2G participation in grid ancillary markets.

The partnership will also bring V2G charging and on-site solar to U.S. based Corporate & Industrial (C&I) customers who would like to offer workplace charging. The availability of workplace charging is recognized by the Department of Energy as a key driver to EV adoption, but can result in significant electricity costs for site hosts. By combining on-site solar with V2G charging, C&I customers will be able to recognize a net savings on their electric bill.

C&Is are increasingly asking for electric vehicle charging infrastructure to offer the onsite benefit to employees and customers. EDF RE can deliver cost-effective, clean and reliable solar power to charge the EVs, while Nuvve brings a V2G solution that can reduce charging costs and serve the local grid. The investment in Nuvve aligns nicely with our distributed energy strategy to provide C&I customers with a complete solution to optimize their electricity needs.

The investment of EDF RE in Nuvve is also a testament to the vitality of the energy startup ecosystem in San Diego. Nuvve, a San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network company, was recently awarded a $4.2M grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to support a V2G demonstration at UC San Diego. EDF Renewable Energy, a board member at Cleantech San Diego, supplies over 300 MW of wind and solar energy to San Diego and provides workplace charging to its 350 local employees.

Welcome New Employees

December 2017

Name Title Location Start Date
Aaron Caul Solar Technician Fort Frances, Ontario 12/4/2017
Ali Anderson Business Development Associate San Diego 12/12/2017
Elisabeth Duranteau Offshore Engineering Coordinator Boston, MA 12/18/2017
Emily Dalager Senior Project Developer Minneapolis 12/18/2017
Fernando Flores Corporate Finance Data Administrator San Diego 12/18/2017
Jason White Wind Technician Spinning Spur I 12/18/2017
Jimmy Chilvers Wind Technician Saint-Robert-Bellarmin 12/18/2017
Jordan Craven Maintenance Technician Allendale 12/18/2017
Julie Francoeur Payroll / HR Coordinator Montreal, Qc 12/18/2017
Kamil Bebenek Wind Technician Pilot Hill 12/18/2017
Kyle Pascucci Associate Asset Manager San Diego 12/18/2017
Madalina Udroiu Receptionist Montreal, Qc 12/18/2017
Michael Loney Solar Technician Fort Frances, Ontario 12/11/2017
Michael Loney Solar Technician Fort Frances, Ontario 12/11/2017
Michael Sotack Advanced Wind Technician Benton County 12/11/2017
Niki de Leon Project Manager, EV Charging San Diego 12/18/2017

Congratulations! Promotions and Transfers

December 2017

Name Title Location Start Date
Del Esposo Technical Lead, Database Administrator/Developer San Diego 12/11/2017
Doug Hoover Plant Superintendent Allendale 12/11/2017
Jamie Link Director, Innovation & Technology Commercialization San Diego 12/18/2017
Joseph Wright Auxiliary Operator Dorchester 12/11/2017
Melissa Patterson Manager, Employee Benefits San Diego 12/11/2017
Naveen Lakshmipathy Manager, Portfolio Strategy San Diego 12/4/2017
Nicole Nordquist Senior Manager, US Title and Regional Services Minneapolis, MN 12/11/2017
Phil Gauthier Fleet Engineering Manager San Diego 12/18/2017
Renee Collier Senior Manager, Strategic Procurement and Contract Management San Diego 12/11/2017
Tad Neighbors Senior Manager, Human Resources San Diego 12/11/2017

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