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Eco-Responsibility -- Call for Ideas

Deadline for applications: June 29th, 2018

EDF EN's Sustainability Development Department is launching a call for eco-responsible ideas (eco-gestures in the office, eco-mobility, green IT, etc.).

If you have an idea and would like to submit it, the application process is simple:

  1. Click to download the application form in English or French
  2. Submit your application to eco-responsabilite@edf-en.com
  3. The deadline for applications is June 29th, 2018

Proposals will be evaluated according to two main criteria:

  1. The performance gain they bring
  2. Their reproducible nature in all EDF EN Group subsidiaries

EDF EN management will select the best idea from 10 semi-finalists. The best idea will be financed and implemented within the EDF EN Group. The results will be announced in September.

Did you know that?

The Sustainable Development Department initiates, defines and manages EDF EN Group's environmental and social responsibility approach. The Department coordinates implementation to ensure that these issues are taken into account in all the Group's activities and to control the associated risks and impacts. The SD Department scope is broad: environmental management, animation of the environmental function at the Group level, responsible sourcing, relations with stakeholders, human rights, eco-responsibility, extra-financial reporting.

To learn more:

EDF Renewables and PGGM Sign Agreements on Wind and Solar Projects in the USA

PGGM to acquire 50% ownership in a 588 megawatt portfolio

On June 20, EDF Renewables announced the signing of Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) by which PGGM Infrastructure Fund will acquire a 50% ownership interest in the following projects: Red Pine Wind, Rock Falls Wind, Switch Station 1 Solar and Switch Station 2 Solar. Total capacity of the portfolio of projects is 588 megawatts (MW). Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent.

EDF Renewables will remain involved in the projects as a co-owner providing management services and operations and maintenance services.

Raphael Declercq, executive vice president of strategy for EDF Renewables commented, “This portfolio of wind and solar projects provides an attractive investment opportunity in the US renewable energy sector, well suited for a large pension fund. We are pleased to forge a new business relationship with PGGM and expect to follow with another transaction. We are confident that our expertise as a developer and operator complements PGGM’s renewable energy investment strategy.”

 

Erik van de Brake, head of infrastructure at PGGM commented, “This transaction enables PGGM to work closely with EDF Renewables, known for its great expertise in developing and operating renewable energy projects. The addition of this portfolio to our investments in renewable energy is part of PGGM’s push to build up a EUR 20 bn. impact investment portfolio across all asset classes for our client PFZW, the Dutch pension fund for the healthcare sector. With the impact investment portfolio PFZW aims to make a positive impact on climate, water scarcity, food security and healthcare.’’

 

PROJECT CAPACITY LOCATION TECHNOLOGY
Red Pine Wind 200 MW Lincoln County, Minnesota Vestas
Rock Falls Wind 154 MW Grant & Kay Counties, Oklahoma Siemens
Switch Station 1 & 2 Solar 234 MW Clark County, Nevada First Solar

SEIA Welcomes Ryan Pfaff to Executive Committee

On June 19, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) announced that Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President, Grid-Scale Power, EDF Renewables North America would be joining their Executive Committee. Ryan will be filling the seat of Elected Committeeman for the remainder of the current term (December 2018).

 

 

About SEIA  

SEIA is a driving force behind solar energy and is building a strong solar industry to power America through advocacy and education. As the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 250,000 Americans, they represent all organizations that promote, manufacture, install and support the development of solar energy. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy.

EDF Renewables Signs Agreement with Alliant Energy

Alliant Energy’s Iowa Energy Company to purchase 200 MW Iowa wind project upon completion

On June 13, EDF Renewables and Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company, announced the signing of contracts for the development and construction of up to 200 megawatts (MW) of the Golden Plains Wind Project by EDF.

Golden Plains Wind Project is in Winnebago and Kossuth counties in the north central portion of Iowa. The Project is expected to create 150+ construction jobs as well as inject millions of dollars in economic benefits to the local area. The project will be completed by early 2020 and is expected to produce enough clean energy to power 87,000 average homes a year.

“We are pleased to partner with Alliant Energy to deliver competitively-priced, clean energy to its customers through the Golden Plains Wind Project,” said Kate O’Hair, vice president development, North Region at EDF Renewables. “The Project will also provide an economic boost to the Iowa economy, through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.”
Golden Plains wind farm is part of Alliant Energy’s plan to add 1,000 MW of new wind generation to Iowa by the end of 2020.

 

"Wind energy is a win for Iowans,” said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “The benefits of this project help customers through reductions in emissions and fuel cost. It gives landowners lease payments to help on the farm and it helps communities through increased local tax revenue for schools and community services.”

EDF Renewables Canada Honored at Quebec Gala

Canada teams received awards for Nicolas-Riou and Wind O&M

On June 12, the 6th Quebec Wind Industry Gala rewarded organizations and individuals who have been particularly successful in the Quebec wind sector over the last two years. The event was held as part of the 12th Quebec Wind Industry Symposium in the presence of more than 205 guests. EDF Renewables Canada received awards for:

EDF Renewables Canada Project Development team for Nicolas-Riou.

Wind Farm Developer/Développeur de parc éolien
The Wind Farm Developer Award was awarded to the Nicolas-Riou Wind Farm, the result of a public-private partnership between the Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie du Bas-Saint-Laurent (RIEBSL), the Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (RIEGÎM), a company wholly owned by all of the RCMs of the Bas-Saint-Laurent as well as the Viger Maliceet First Nation and EDF Renewables. This successful collaboration demonstrates the opportunity to carry out large-scale projects by combining the interests of the parties, thereby maximizing the impact on the communities. The Nicolas-Riou wind farm is the largest community wind farm in Canada (with equal partnership) and is an example of social innovation in this area.

EDF Renewables Canada O&M Team

Wind Farm Operation and Maintenance/Opération et maintenance de parc éolien
EDF Renouvelables/EDF Renewables received the award in the category of Wind Farm Operations and Maintenance. As one of the largest producers of renewable energy in Canada, EDF Renewables’ eight wind farms in Quebec supply 1,227.6 megawatts, or 30% of all wind power installed in Quebec. EDF Renewables is particularly known for its work in adapting wind energy technologies to cold climates.

Weekly Safety Message

Signs of fatigue

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 the Signs of Fatigue.

Click here to go on the Safety Always Page and read more about the Signs of Fatigue.

EDF Renewables Recognizes Employees for SafeStart Stories

Announcing the initial group of SafeStart story award winners for the O&M Group

SafeStart training began Summer 2017 for the O&M group. This behavior-based safety training process develops personal, 24/7 safety skills – at work, at home and on the road. The system focuses on safety awareness and skills development, specifically on the human factors that are involved in most incidents and injuries.

SafeStart stories come from employees’ work and personal lives and encompass the SafeStart states and critical errors as important tools for others to learn from. These stories are published on ECRM and your HSE team encourages you to use them as safety moments to start meetings.

The initial group of winners includes four winners for May and four winners for stories published prior to May.

Prior-to-May Winners

Kevin Joy - Running Over a Homeless Man

I was working at the fire department. It was my night off of work, which I was grateful for because I was sick. I had been working a lot of overtime the days prior. I was at home and it was getting later in the evening so I decided to take some medicine and go to bed. I took a dose of Nyquil and was about to lay down when my work called. They were extremely busy at work and needed some extra guys to come in for a bit…
Read the rest of the story here.

John Resurrection - Lost a Fight with a Knife

Years ago while working in construction, I needed to use a caulking gun. The only caulking gun available had dried adhesive in it. We were working up in the mountains and the drive to the nearest hardware store was 30 minutes. This was about mid-day. I didn't want to waste the rest of the day so I proceeded to cut the old tube out. I remember thinking to cut away from my body so I don't get hurt…
Read the rest of the story here.

Greg Raschke - Could Have Frozen to Death

Many years ago, right before Christmas, in beautiful Minnesota, working on the construction of a new Vestas V47 site. I was the Vestas Technical Advisor for the construction site and I had received a call from my Danish counterpart who was working the night shift in regards to the correct size of cable lug to use on the base section of the tower.  I told him I would meet him at the base of one of the towers that was not fully erected and we could get the measurement once inside the tower.  I was already at my house when he called so I was rushing to meet him and only grabbed a sweatshirt and some sneakers and jumped in my vehicle and headed back to the site.
Read the rest of the story here.

Cody Hemann - Sparks Fly

As we discussed earlier, late today we had a significant near miss onsite. 2 technicians had been troubleshooting E6 over the past few days. Today we had a few more items to check and additional troubleshooting/ parts swapping axis to axis to do. At approximately 4:30 Tech 1 and Tech 2 were going to try and swap AEPA between axis 1 and 2. This was the last task for the day as they both had other things going on this evening outside of work…
Read the rest of the story here.

May Winners

Kyle Patterson - Museum Mayhem Part 2

Several months after the drag saw debacle (please see Museum Mayhem Part 1), Art and I were working together once again at the Museum. We were tasked with stacking a shipment of 1x10 rough cut boards the Museum had received as a donation. We drove the wood around to the storage barn and began unloading the boards…
Read the rest of the story here.

Scott Brenneman - Cactus Bites

It was early in the morning when I received a phone call from my mom. She was calling to let me know her Chihuahua dog of 12 years passed away. She was asking if I could bury her in my backyard. I said yes, since the yard is plenty big enough. She said she would be right over.
Read the rest of the story here.

Layton Miller - Fishing Fail

It was a beautiful day out, and after work I decided to go fishing in a nearby lake like I had most days of the week that week. I was fishing from shore, not doing too bad, catching a fish here and there, but continuously moving along the bank to find a sweet spot to catch a bunch of fish. Upon traveling the shore there were a lot of obstacles, fallen down trees/limbs, rocks etc...
Read the rest of the story here.

Robbie Loge - Wapsi Tech - Forklift & Potholes

While we were doing a little spring cleaning behind the shop. I had done my forklift inspection before starting my task. So we get almost done with moving everything and I have one more pallet to move. As I am driving over to the pallet I hit a pot hole, because I was rushing to get this done before the rain, the forklift bounces around and I hit my brakes to stop the forklift…
Read the rest of the story here.

Congratulations to the winners! Each month the SafeStart committee will chose four winners from stories submitted that month. Winners are eligible to receive prizes. More information on the prizes and program is available at the links below.

To learn more about SafeStart, check out the SafeStart page on ECRM.
To read all submitted stories, check out the SafeStart Story Collection here.

DAYFORCE Tip of the Week

Reporting and analytics

Dayforce, your new benefits, payroll and human resources software platform will be launched soon. This new software will make your life easier with a single, central platform; 24/7 access; and more control over your information.

Dayforce presents embedded analytics, on-screen reporting, and Big Data Analytics to gather critical employee data to inform important business decisions.

  • EMBEDDED – Access employee data without leaving the application. Dayforce reports are embedded right in the platform.
  • COMPREHENSIVE – Leverage data from across HCM to create more comprehensive reports, including pay, time, talent, and HR
  • FLEXIBLE – create custom, business-specific reports tailored to your organization's needs, or pick from standard reports

Dayforce has SCHEDULED and LOCALIZED reports that you can set to auto-generate at specific times and be delivered in your preferred language.

The software is designed to provide ALL users with access to real-time data across all areas of the application. Click here to read more about Dayforce analytics and discover the reporting process.

Executives from EDF Renewables North America Tour R&D Facility

Les Renardières EDF R&D center in France

A delegation from EDF Renewables North America’s executive committee visited EDF’s Research and Development (R&D) center in Les Renardières, in the greater Paris area. With a dozen specialized laboratories and more than 600 researchers and technicians on site, the research work conducted by EDF R&D at Les Renardières extends from the nuclear materials ageing studies to smart grids and breakthrough technologies for renewables and storage.

The visit focused on four labs: battery testing, microgrids, PV testing and electric mobility. The work conducted in those labs has direct implication for our work here: the new technologies vetted by EDF R&D are used on our projects and allow us to draw competitive advantage through technical excellence.  

More on EDF R&D work can be found here.

Gilles Lancel (center) of EDF R&D presents the different stress tests conducted on different types of battery cells. Temperature, speed of charge, number of charging cycles: all key parameters can be tested to better understand battery ageing and performance.

The EDF R&D and EDFR teams at the e-mobility lab. There EDF tests means of electric transportation (and charging), from race cars to induction-charging wheelchairs.

Concept Grid is a unique lab that allows microgrid testing under real conditions: with loads reproducing the consumption of residential customers, PV, battery and charging stations, it mimics the type of products we are offering to our customers in places like Southern California.

 

San Diego Padres Offer Discount Tickets to EDF Employees

Whether you live in San Diego or you're just visiting, this is a great way to see a Major League game

Did you know that the Padres Petco Park is also the home of the largest solar power system in Major League Baseball? The 336,520-watt Sullivan Solar Power system is larger than the other seven Major League Baseball solar projects, combined. Enjoy an afternoon or evening at special rates. Instructions are below.

To get your tickets, visit www.padres.com/promo and scroll down to find our organization name listed as EDF Renewable Energy.

Once you click on the link, follow these simple steps to get your discounted Padres tickets:

  1. Enter the Password: SD39SNX (Do not enter email address here)
  2. Select your game from the calendar by clicking the “T” by the game time
  3. Select your seats from the map – sections that are available are highlighted
  4. Click ‘Review Your Selection’ and then finalize the purchase process
  5. Create an account or log in to your pre-existing account
  6. You will receive a confirmation email

 

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