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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 Decisions Driving.

Click here to read more on the ECRM Safety Always Page!

Today at WindPower Mexico 2019

This morning Rocío Nahle García, Secretary of Energy of Mexico (SENER); José Luis Calvo Ziga, Secretary of the Environment, Energies and Sustainable Development of the State of Oaxaca; Gerardo Perez Guerra, VP and General Director EDF Renewables México; and Tristan Grimbert, CEO EDF Renewables North America conversed about EDF's Renewable Energy Projects in Mexico at Wind Power Mexico 2019.

 

Power in Diversity Kick-off Event with Guest Speaker Stephane Desdunes, Presenting on the Topic of Unconscious Bias

Thursday, April 4th

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.

Webex: Event number: 923 222 294
US Toll: +1-415-655-0002
Global call-in numbers: https://edf-re.webex.com/edf-re/globalcallin.php?serviceType=EC&ED=764268202&tollFree=1

Event address for attendees click here.

Please be sure to also RSVP at the following link to receive a calendar invite: RSVP Here!

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.

 

 

EDF Renewables Co-Sponsored Event with WRISE and YPE Presented "Women's Financial Wellness" Held on March 11th

by Katie Cafouros, O&M Customer Account Manager

Last week EDF Renewables sponsored a joint WRISE and YPE event with guest speaker Ashley Russo, Northwestern Mutual’s  Financial Advisor, to discuss “Three Reasons Financial Planning is Different for Women”.  Ashley’s passion to educate and empower women with actionable tools to protect and grow their assets was a perfect complement to the WRISE and YPE missions.

At some point in their lives, 9 out of 10 women will be solely responsible for their finances, yet many of us don’t take the time to create a financial plan.  The presentation highlighted the following challenges:

  • Women earn less than men (83 cents to every dollar);
  • Women are the majority of caregivers, both to children and aging parents; and
  • Women live longer.

Considering those challenges, we discussed actionable steps to make up for those gaps:

  • Start a budget – 20% of income should go towards saving and investing;
  • Save for retirement NOW;
  • Ask for a raise at work;
  • Protect yourself - consider long-term care and/or disability income insurance;
  • Advocate for yourself – make sure your longevity is factored into your financial plan; and
  • Talk to a financial professional who you trust and will tell the truth.

We plan to host subsequent deep dives on the high level topics addressed in this presentation.  Please email katie.cafouros@edf-re.com if you have a preference on subsequent topics.  If you have questions relating to the “Three Reasons Financial Planning is Different for Women” presentation, please feel free to email Ashley at ashley.russo@nm.com.

Robert Miller Presents at Infocast Solar Finance & Investment Summit

This week at the Infocast Solar Finance & Investment Summit held at the Omni La Costa Hotel & Resort in Carlsbad, California, EDF Renewables’ Legal/General Counsel & Corporate Secretary EVP, Robert Miller, teamed up with Andre Serwin from Morrison & Foerster to discuss cybersecurity issues in renewable energy.

Our presenters touched on important topics, such as:

  • What (and where) are the threats?
  • What are the current legal requirements?
  • What are the industry “best practices”?
  • Practical advice for safeguarding your company and projects from cyber threats

They also brought in relevant info relating to NERC CIP standards, the Cloud, and third party risks.

 

What is Earth Day, and what is it meant to accomplish?

A message from Earth Day Network president, Kathleen Rogers

On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

In the U.S. and around the world, smog was becoming deadly and evidence was growing that pollution led to developmental delays in children. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants.

The global ecological awareness was growing, and the US Congress and President Nixon responded quickly. In July of the same year, they created the Environmental Protection Agency, and robust environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, among many.

Earth Day is now a global event each year, and we believe that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.

It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.

Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, has chosen as the theme for 2018 to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate primarily single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics.  EDN is educating millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that plastic waste is creating serious global problems.

From poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival.

Read more of this article here. To get involved on how you plan to celebrate Earth Day here at EDF Renewables individually or as a team, please contact the WIRE to contribute your ideas.

 

The WIRE App Will Go Live March 28th!

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

Program Manager
Corporate Office
Scope of Position:The Program Manager represents the owner on the Project Team and is responsible for delivering EDF Renewables projects safely, on time, to budget and to required specifications and quality standards. He/she takes an integrated view of the project and forges strong links between all internal and external project stakeholders to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach at every stage of the project. The Program Manager is also responsible for maintaining a cooperative, motiva ...read more.

Sr Financial & Performance Analyst
Corporate Office
Scope of Job: The Senior Financial & Performance Analyst will assist in the optimization of EDFR’s operating assets by analyzing financial and operational data and developing advanced tools to support the Generation and Valuations and Transactions groups.  Additionally, this position will liaison with Risk Management group regarding market activities and market exposure. This position will actively seek out value creation opportunities and advise senior management on investment decisions. Respon ...read more.

Sr Structuring & Transactions Analyst
Corporate Office
Scope of Position: The Senior Structuring and Transactions Analyst will be responsible for creating project pro forma spreadsheets, arriving at pricing, financial structuring, valuation, and metric conclusions for renewable energy projects, including wind, solar and other, and work with the Project Finance group in transactions.       Working Conditions:  90% of the time is spent in the office environment, utilizing computers (frequent use of MS Excel...read more.

Corporate Office

Scope of Job: Work extensively with IT functional teams and different business groups within EDF Renewables to achieve value driven delivery of IT services. Use analytical skills to review and evaluate the business needs in order to successfully liaison between IT and business stakeholders.Responsibilities:70% Business Systems Analysis and Request Portfolio Management- Ensure all requests are properly documented in the Request Portfolio and associated platforms.- Capture key information to develo ...read more.

Birds Landing, CA, US

Scope of Position: This level is intended to perform as an assistant to an experienced technician. This position, under specific direction from the site supervisor, maintains turbines, including but not limited to preventive maintenance and repairs as needed. Working Conditions:Wind Technicians spend 100% of their time in the field, excluding safety; supervisor and scheduled training exercises.  Wind Technicians work in teams and are provided a company vehicle (service truck) in which they carry ...read more.

Vega, TX, US

Scope of Position: This level is intended to perform as an assistant to an experienced technician. This position, under specific direction from the site supervisor, maintains turbines, including but not limited to preventive maintenance and repairs as needed.Working Conditions:Wind Technicians spend 100% of their time in the field, excluding safety; supervisor and scheduled training exercises.  Wind Technicians work in teams and are provided a company vehicle (service truck) in which they carry ...read more

WELCOME NEW EMPLOYEES!

Mark Johnson has joined EDF Renewables as a Vice President, Technical Services reporting to Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO. setting and evaluating the strategic direction of the company's renewable energy technology strategy, in concert with the leadership team, to ensure optimal performance, quality, cost and safety of development projects. He will be based out of our Corporate Headquarters located in San Diego, CA. His email address is: Mark.Johnson@edf-re.com.

Sandra Werkmeister has joined EDF Renewables as an HSE Coordinator reporting to Amber Bell, Senior Manager, HSE Compliance. She will work directly with the Sr. Manager Health, Safety & Environment in assisting with tracking, administrating, formulating and implementing policies and procedures that promote a safe and healthful atmosphere within the workplace, as well as comply with all federal, state and local environmental and safety regulations. She will be based out of our Regional Office located in Loveland, CO. Her email address is: Sandra.Werkmeister@edf-re.com.

Erik Ejups has joined EDF Renewables as an Origination Analyst reporting to Joni Hamson, Sr. Director, Origination He will be responsible for creating and using financial modeling for competitive offers, conduct research and analysis, prepare pitch materials and provide analytical support that enables the Origination team to source and negotiate renewable power transactions with leading corporate and utility buyers of renewable energy products and services. He will be based out of our Regional Office located in Minneapolis, MN. His email address is: erik.ejups@edf-re.com.

Monthly Windows Security Patching

Time: Thursday, March 21st from 8pm to 1am
RFC#: 1544
Details: IT will be performing a scheduled security patch on the ECRM servers.  During this patching process, ECRM will experience downtime during system reboots.

IT will be rolling out a new more secure corporate wireless network called EDFR-Corp

This new network is designed to only allow wireless connectivity for EDF Renewables issued laptops and the connection should be automatic when within range.  We plan to push out the new wireless settings to all laptops over the next two weeks.

This is the first of a few changes to enhance the security of our wireless networks.  In the near future, we will also be rolling out new a new Guest network and a new network for restricted access to EDF resources from employee devices.  We will be communicating all planned changes and migrations of devices to these new networks.

Please let the Service Desk know if there is any unexpected behavior.

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.

In Case You Missed It...

Important Reminders from Past Wires

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

Click here to find out more.

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

Click here to find out more.

Getting Started with Python for Wind Resource Assessment

Click here to find out more.

Upcoming Events

WSPP Spring OC Meeting

Apr 10-12 | Coral Gables, FL

ECRM Event Workspace

 

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