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Weekly Safety Message

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 Eye Strain.

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Press Release: EDF Renewables North America Announces Commercial Operation at Stoneray Wind Project in Minnesota

SAN DIEGO (March 12, 2019) EDF Renewables North America announced today that the 100 megawatt (MW) Stoneray Wind Project (Project) is fully operational.  Located in Pipestone and Murray counties in Southwestern Minnesota, the Project consists of 39 wind turbines manufactured by Siemens Gamesa.  The electricity generated by the project will be delivered to Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) beginning in 2020 under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Vice President, Development-North Region, Kate O’Hair, commented, “We are grateful for the community and landowners who backed the development of this project for several years.  This level of long-standing support, along with the State’s favorable regulatory environment, excellent wind resource, and advantageous transmission expansion, is vital to bringing wind projects to operation.”

EDF Renewables will perform asset management services, balance-of-plant, and 24/7/365 remote monitoring and diagnostics from its San Diego-based Operations Control Center (OCC) during the equipment warranty period.  Following the warranty period, the contract will expand to include all asset management, and operations and maintenance services to ensure operational performance, equipment availability and reduce downtime.

Stoneray marks EDF Renewables’ twelfth wind project developed in the state and brings the total of projects to over 1.6 GW demonstrating the company’s commitment to investment, involvement and employment in Minnesota.

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 47,000 average Minnesota homes1.  This is equivalent to avoiding more than 300,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 64,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year2.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 16 gigawatts of wind, solar, 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.

Power in Diversity Kick-off Event

Guest Speaker, Stephane Desdunes, Director of Development at EDF Renewables in Canada

Thanks for your participation in the Power in Diversity survey. We are excited to announce our kick-off event with Guest Speaker, Stephane Desdunes, Director of Development at EDF Renewables in Canada. Stephane will be presenting on the topic of Unconscious Bias, followed by a Q&A session.

Location:         Innovation Cafeteria. Please note, this event will also be broadcasted live to viewers via Webex.
Date:               Thursday, April 4th
Time:               8:30 – 9:30 a.m. PST

Stephane Desdunes, Director, Development, Grid-Scale Power

As Director, Development, Stephane leads EDF Renewables’ Grid-Scale Power activities across Eastern Canada, New York and New England for multiple technologies, including solar, wind, and energy storage. With over 12 years of renewable energy experience, he has played a key role in the planning, development and permitting stages of over 900 MWs of contracted renewable generation facilities. Mr. Desdunes and his team manage all key aspects of development from origination to permitting and start of construction. For several years, he has been elected to the steering committees of the Ontario, Quebec and Maritimes caucuses of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and is an active member of several other renewable energy associations across the Northeast US.

Mr. Desdunes began his energy career with SkyPower, an Ontario-based renewable energy developer that was acquired by Lehman Brothers in 2007. As Project Director, Eastern Region, he was a key member of the development team managing land agents, stakeholders, market development and procurement across key markets. Prior to joining the energy industry, Mr. Desdunes co-founded Blue Dust Media, where amongst other responsibilities, he managed all aspects of marketing and sales for Influence Magazine, a free publication that had more than 260 distribution points across Quebec and France.

 

 

Getting Started with Python for Wind Resource Assessment

by Jason Dubois, Manager, Operational Assessment

“If I had only focused more on computer programming during my college coursework” …. I’ve thought that to myself numerous times throughout my career so far. While I had taken Intro to C Programming and Fortran classes, I promptly neglected my limited programming skills once I entered the workforce. And for the first 10 years of my career, I got by well enough using Microsoft Excel to analyze wind resource data. Typically working with 1-5 years of 10-minute data from a met tower that had about 20 different columns of measurements, I was sometimes pushing Excel to its limits, but it was rare when it couldn’t get the job done.

However, over the last couple years I’ve switched to more of an operational assessment role, in which I now find myself working with SCADA data on a daily basis. I quickly found that Excel wasn’t going to cut it anymore. While still typically 10-minute time series data, I was now working with 50-100+ measurement fields per turbine. And with the typical modern-day commercial wind farm easily consisting of 100+ turbines, you can see how the amount of data quickly gets out of control…

It was time for me to reduce my reliance on Excel and focus my efforts on learning Python, which as it turns out has libraries (e.g. Pandas, NumPy, Matplotlib) that are very useful for wind resource and operational assessment. Armed with the Internet and a colleague who was proficient in Python, I feel like I was fairly successful in teaching myself Python. There have been (and still are) times when it’s slow-going, and I don’t consider myself proficient quite yet, but I have now gotten to the point where I find myself firing up a Jupyter notebook instead of an Excel workbook. To get to this point, I relied on numerous resources, some that have been much more helpful than others. The resources that I’ve found most useful are:

JupyterLab as your development environment. Free software (can be installed via Anaconda) that easily lets you create and edit Jupyter notebooks for Python code, organize files, and view output all side-by-side on the same screen. In addition, two JupyterLab functionalities that I frequently use (and are available in other Python shells) are:

  • Tab completion: If you’re not sure what methods can be run on a particular object, just press Tab to bring up a list of available options.
  • Shift + Tab help: A quick way to bring up the official documentation for a particular method is to press Shift + Tab while your cursor is within the function name.

Cheat Sheets: My go-to references for common tasks. Print them out for quick reference:

Intro to Wind Analysis with Pandas. I highly recommend going through this interactive tutorial, which was put together by Cory Jog for AWEA's Resource Assessment Working Group. The tutorial demonstrates how Python’s Pandas library can be used for wind resource assessment. You’ll just need to setup a free Kaggle.com account first.

Google is your friend. If you run into an issue/have a question, undoubtedly someone else has already asked that question and gotten an answer. Just start your question search string with the Python library you’re working with. I’ve found that the top search results (and most helpful) are typically from:

and official library documentation:

Setup a company Python working group. Chances are that others in your company already use Python. Use available internal resources to your advantage.

Coursera.org and Lynda.com. If you’re looking for a more extensive training, online courses are a great option. Some are even free.

I hope this list helps focus the overabundance of Python resources that are available. Happy coding!

Distributed Solutions Sales Summit

Our Distributed Solutions sales team along with Grid-Scale Power (origination), EDF Energy Services, EDF Trading, Groom, and EnterSolar held an annual gathering last week in Baltimore. The goal of the offsite was to refine our coordinated offerings that allow our corporate and institutional clients to meet their sustainability goals.

This is what our offerings look like when we band together.

What is Renewable Energy? A Presentation for Grade School Students Now Available!

Have you been asked to present in one of your grade school kid's class to showcase what you do in the renewable energy business?  The two most popular reasons to present is either for Career Day or Earth Day, which provides students a glimpse into your chosen profession as a form of inspiration and/or to create greater awareness of  our impact on the environment.  Presenting to students provides a great learning opportunity about what renewable energy is, what we do as a company, and your specific role in the company and it's mission.

The PowerPoint presentation, "What is Renewable Energy?" is available now for download through ECRM here.  You can customize the introductory slide and add additional slides as needed. Contact us at Communications for any questions!

 

Check Out Our New Communications Page Design on ECRM!

It's here! We're excited to announce a fresh new look on our Communications ECRM page!

We’ve redesigned our page to make it easy to navigate and find all the documents you need for your presentations, to read the last State of Company or to look at the Conference List!

We are still working on uploading photos and resources but you can already take a look here.

The WIRE App Will Soon Be Replacing the Weekly Wire

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 Career Opportunities This Week

EDF Renewables - NEW Career Opportunities

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WELCOME NEW EMPLOYEES!

Dylan Smoak has joined EDF Renewables as a Fuel Supply Operator reporting to Doug Horne, Operations & Maintenance Manager. He will be responsible for operating fuel and ash handling equipment for receiving, stacking and transporting fuel and ash. He will also operate and maintain large mobile equipment necessary to supply fuel to the plant conveyor system. He will also inspect and perform preventative and minor maintenance on mobile equipment and conveyor systems when not fueling the plant. He will be based out of our Dorchester Biomass Plant located in Harleyville, SC. His email address is: dylan.smoak@edf-re.com.

Ryan Bennett has joined EDF Renewables as a Project Development Manager reporting to Todd Eagleston, Director, Development. He will responsible to work in a team environment with EDF Renewables development group to drive all aspects of project development and business development for EDF Renewables He will be based out of our Regional Office located in Houston, TX. His email address is: ryan.bennett@edf-re.com.

Hannah Floyd has joined EDF Renewables as a Construction Coordinator reporting to Pat Weaver, Sr. Director, Construction She will be responsible for supporting the activities associated with EDF R's projects during the Construction stage of projects.  In addition, this person will be responsible for providing administrative and coordination support for the Construction Site Management Team.. She will be based out of her home office located in LaSalle, IL. Her email address is: hannah.floyd@edf-re.com.

 

The Systems Engineering group of EDF’s IT department will be conducting some scheduled after-hours maintenance. This will cause a very brief interruption of services.

What will be Effected?
Authentication to the following services may be unavailable during the maintenance window:

  • Email
  • Skype
  • Sharepoint
  • Salesforce
  • Benevity
  • SAP Mobility
  • Dayforce

Schedule: This maintenance will be done in the evening of Thursday March 14th, 2019 between the hours listed below:

Start Time: 9:00PM
Appox End Time: 9:30PM

IMPORTANT OUTAGE INFORMATION:

On March 20th from 6-7pm, we will be performing network upgrades that will require a brief impact to traffic flows ​​​​​affecting all user connectivity in building 15545. The impact should be less than 10 seconds and would affect wired, wireless, and phone connectivity.  Employees should be aware that sessions such as file copies, reporting jobs, batch jobs, etc. that are run from within the office cubicles would be impacted.

Cyber Awareness - Personal Identifiable Information "PII" FIeld Guide

Whether at work, at home, or on the go, we’re beholden to a lifecycle of data that is often the top target of cybercriminals. Protecting that data isn’t a highly technical process, but rather one that requires common sense and a strong commitment to privacy in every aspect of our lives!

What is PII?
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) includes any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, or biometric records; and any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial, and employment information.

What are examples of PII?
PII constitutes a combination of an individual’s first name or first initial and last name with any one or more types of linkable information. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Name: maiden name, mother’s maiden name, or alias
  • Personal identification numbers: social security number (SSN), passport number, driver’s license number, taxpayer identification number, patient identification number, financial account number, or credit card number
  • Personal address information: street address, or email address
  • Personal telephone numbers
  • Personal characteristics: photographic images (particularly of face or other identifying characteristics), fingerprints, or handwriting
  • Biometric data: retina scans, voice signatures, or facial geometry
  • Information identifying personally owned property: VIN number or title number
  • Asset information: Internet Protocol (IP) or Media Access Control (MAC) addresses that consistently link to a particular person

What are examples of non-PII?
The following examples on their own do not constitute PII, as more than one person could share these traits. However, when linked or linkable to one of the above examples, the following could be still used to identify a specific person and should be treated as sensitive information:

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Business telephone number
  • Business mailing or email address
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Geographical indicators
  • Employment information
  • Medical information
  • Education information
  • Financial information

What is PII so important?
On a personal level, our PII is necessary to acquire some goods and services, such as medical care and utilities. But in the wrong hands, PII leads to identity theft and other forms of fraud. On a professional level, we may store PII of customers, clients, vendors, contractors, employees, and partners. If left unprotected, our organization could face steep fines and our reputation could be severely damaged.

How do you protect PII at work?
Protecting PII begins and ends with following our organization’s security policies, which were created to ensure that the data we handle remains private. Treat all requests for sensitive info with a high degree of scrutiny, stay alert, think before you click, and if you have any questions, please ask!

How do you protect PII at home?
We encourage you to develop a home security policy like what we use here at work. This policy stipulates common sense practices such as not clicking on random links and attachments, guarding personal info online and in real life, destroying sensitive documents beyond recognition, and setting social media profiles to fully private.

Protecting PII
As with every organization, job functions vary by department, but we all share a common responsibility of protecting the private data of our clients, customers, partners, and co-workers.

What are some actions we can take to keep this data safe?

Reduce information sharing. Limit the amount of personal info you make public. Set your social media profiles to fully private and thoroughly vet all friend requests.

Remain skeptical. Government and tax entities will never email you requests for payments. Some even utilize compromised or spoofed email accounts of executives to send requests for money or sensitive data to other employees. Treat all requests for sensitive info or money with a high degree of skepticism. If there is any question of legitimacy, use the Phish Alert button to report suspicious email.

Respond with care. If you receive a notification that an account has been compromised (e.g., credit card, bank account, email account), never trust information in the notification. Instead call the number on your card, visit the website, or look the number up from a known good source. In addition, you should never click on unsolicited links that come via emails or text messages.

Proper disposal. When recycling personal smart devices proper care should be taken to ensure the data in the device is no longer viable. This can be done by clearing (overwriting), purging (magnetic erasure), or physical destruction. All EDFR-owned devices must be returned to the Service Desk for disposal. All sensitive documents should be shredded before discarding.

Encrypt the crown jewels. Encryption is well known by security pros for preventing data loss. Encryption protects businesses and individuals from having their sensitive data accessed by cybercriminals. Your data has a lifecycle – in use, at rest, and in motion. It should be encrypted across all these stages because data can be intercepted by threat actors at any stage. Use of a VPN, only visiting secure websites (“HTTPS”), and encrypting disk drives are all methods to accomplish this.

Install All Updates. Software distributors and device manufacturers release hundreds of patches every month to remediate serious vulnerabilities. Threat actors pay attention to these releases and immediately go to work figuring out ways to exploit them. Not patching or updating these devices because of possible breaks or glitches is not a good tactic. Doing so opens you up to risk of compromise and loss of sensitive data.

Avoidable mistakes made by individuals and non-technical attacks are the common theme in most breaches. We remind you of this simply to highlight the role you play as a human firewall. Alert and vigilant employees are key in helping to prevent data breaches!

Discover NEW Microsoft Office, ECRM, and other IT Training (FREE!) for the Month of April

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.

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

April 22nd (Monday)

9:30 –      9:50 am         Acrobat: Essentials
Learn the basic features of Adobe Acrobat DC (Regular or Pro) in this overview-style class.

10:00 –    10:50 am            Project Tracker Web Application
The Project Tracker Web App is EDF’s one-stop-shop for the collection of project metadata including location, key personnel, project status, generation stats, and more. This short class explores the basic usage of the app, explaining how to search and filter projects, review information, and add or edit data.

11:00 –    11:50 am        PowerPoint: Mastering the Delivery
Not everyone does great in front of an audience, but this class can help. Attendees will learn everything they need to deliver a great slideshow in front of an audience. We'll cover Presenter Mode (which is like a cheat-sheet for speakers), online delivery tips, the use of remote controls, special keystrokes, and other technical tips and best practices. We'll also review Public Speaking 101 and talk about what makes an effective delivery, touching on confidence, audience participation, goal-setting, and more.

1:30 –      2:50 pm         Windows 10: What’s New + Tips and Tricks
Learn about Windows 10 and its features including customization, default applications, and more. Then learn a variety of tips and tricks that will save you time.

3:00 –      4:20 pm         Word: Power Tips
You know there’s a better way to do that! Find out how in this fast-paced class of tip after tip! This class pays off quickly. Topics covered include keyboard and mouse shortcuts, using styles and headings, generating an automatic Table of Contents, tricks for managing large documents, typing international characters, "reveal codes", Quick Parts, and more.

April 23rd (Tuesday)

11:00 –    11:50 am        Excel: Creating Charts
Use a chart to express your data in a beautiful, easy-to-read way and communicate with ease. This class explores the basics of creating and formatting charts, adding chart elements, and using new features.

1:30 –      2:50 pm        Excel: Formulas I (Essentials)
Take your knowledge of Excel to the next level when you learn how to use basic formulas (SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, and more) in Excel.

3:00 –      4:20 pm        Excel: Macros I (Macros and Automation)
Macros are recorded steps that can be played back to make repetitive tasks much easier. In this introductory class on Excel Macros, participants will learn how to record, view, share, and make minor changes to an Excel macro.

April 24th (Wednesday)

9:30 –    11:20 am         Project: Essentials
Microsoft Project is an excellent application for project managers that wish to plan or track the many tasks associated with a specific project, including resources, time, and costs.

1:30 –      6:00 pm         One-on-One: Request a Session
Need help with a complex Excel workbook, VBA macro, or chart? Want detailed feedback on your slides in PowerPoint? Struggling with formatting or photos in Word? RSVP for a 20- or 50- minute window and get help right at your desk.

April 25th (Thursday)

9:00 –    10:50 am         Teams and Planner: Essentials
Online collaboration has never been easier with the new Microsoft Teams and Planner service, part of Office 365. Learn how to help your small workgroup share note and files, engage in discussion, create a task list, and more.

11:00 –    11:50 am        Excel: Pivot Tables II
After learning the basics of Pivot Tables, take your knowledge further with this class that explores additional features and analysis options to make the reporting of aggregate data even easier.

1:30 –      2:50 pm         Office 365: Essentials and OneDrive
Office 365 offers a wealth of applications and features that we're just barely tapping into. Get an overview of everything 365 has to offer, including an in-depth look at OneDrive for Business.

3:00 –      4:20 pm        OneNote: Collaborating as a Team
Using OneNote doesn't have to be a lonely process. Learn how to work with others in your team in this interactive workshop designed to help teams share their notes and other materials with one another.

 Click Here to Register For Classes Now

If you have any additional questions, please contact IT Training.

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Important Reminders from Past Wires

Press Release - JEA and EDF Renewables North America sign Power Purchase Agreements for 310 Megawatts DC of Solar Power

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Blue Light Effects on Health from Electronic Devices

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Mar 19-21 | Mexico City, MX

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