Safety Always

Contributed by Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO

At EDF North America, the Health and Safety of our team members is our first priority.

This is why I am pleased to announce that we are launching “Safety Always” and the first initiative is the weekly safety messages.  With continual focus on safety, both in and out of the workplace, we hope to inspire a common practice to keep safety at the forefront of our minds and priorities.  

Each Friday, our HSE team will post a relevant and timely safety message to the Safety Always ECRM page.  This page is easy to navigate to from either the ECRM home page news banner or through the Featured Links on the right side of the ECRM Home page.  A new message will be posted each Friday. 

The expectation is for each supervisor/manager within the EDF North America organization to spend 5-10 minutes, during at least one meeting of their choice during the week, discussing this topic with meeting attendees.

It is the goal of this initiative to develop a habit of starting every meeting with a safety moment, and to reinforce the culture of safety excellence with our team members, family members, contractors and the communities in which we operate.


EDF Group Released the 2017 Annual Results

EDF’s Board of Directors, meeting on 15 February 2018, approved the consolidated financial statements at 31 December 2017.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF’s Chairman and CEO, stated: “In line with our forecasts, the 2017 results demonstrate EDF’s solidity, once again profitable, in a difficult market context. Continuing the deployment of its CAP 2030 strategy and the successful execution of its performance plan, the Group strengthened its balance sheet and reduced its financial debt by €4.4bn in 2017. We are beginning an unprecedented acceleration in renewable energies with the launch of EDF’s Solar Plan, at the same time that we are strengthening our commercial initiatives. Supported by our staff dedicated to working in the service of the energy transition and by a newly reorganized nuclear industry, EDF now enjoys a solid basis to achieve the rebound expected in 2018.”

(1) Organic change at comparable scope and exchange rates

(2) Organic change at comparable scope and exchange rates, excluding2016 positive impact relating to the regulated sales tariff adjustment for the period from1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015 following the French State Council’s decision of 15 June2016

Full documentation can be found on the website here.

You can also download a summary provided by EDF EN on ECRM.

AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report

U.S. Wind Power to Reach New Heights in 2018

Wind power continues to lift the American economy. The industry closed 2017 strong, delivering 7,017 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity. That new capacity represents $11 billion in new private investment. There are now 89,077 MW of wind power installed across 41 states, enough to power 26 million American homes.

The AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report provides a snapshot view of U.S. wind industry activity and trends, including new wind capacity installed, wind projects under construction and in advanced development, wind projects partially repowered, along with newly signed power purchase agreements and project acquisition activity.

Employees of EDF Renewable Energy can download the complete report for free from AWEA’s website. If you don’t have an account, create one with AWEA here.

“WATT ABOUT US?” Photo Contest

Voting Open Until March 9!

The competition could be fierce, but the employee whose photo receives the most votes will win an iPad!

Click here to register on the dedicated platform and vote for your favorites from around the globe.

2018 Renewable Directions Conference

Feb 13-15 Scottsdale Az

On Feb 13-15, an extraordinary group of renewable industry professionals, hosted by EDF Renewable Energy, gathered in Scottsdale, AZ, to share expertise and think creatively about topics important to the future of the industry. Attendees were also afforded the opportunity to network and build relationships.

EDF RE employees from the development organization were joined by attendees from local and investor owned utilities, community choice aggregators (CCAs), corporate purchasers, and grid operators who presented on topics such as:

  • Utilities and Corporates; the Value Of 3-Way Partnerships
  • Community Choice Aggregators
  • Enabling High Penetration of Renewable Energy
  • The Atlantic Link: Innovation Enabling Renewable Energy
  • Trend to Utility Ownership
  • Energy Markets and Utility Business Models
  • Operations
  • Energy Storage: The Key to Sustained Growth in Renewables?

PV Module News & Information

Highlights from EDF EN PV Modules Newsletter

Offer vs Demand


The global solar market hit almost 100 GW (initial estimation was 75GW)

  • Delta between offer and demand is stable or slightly decreasing. Depending on the country, there was a module shortage (US section 201 petition + China unexpected higher demand+ India Anti-Dumping investigation + Solarworld bankruptcy).
  • Outside of China, competitive auctions are driving installations in many developed and emerging markets.

Biggest Solar Markets 2017 (installations)

Supplier Ranking 2017

  • These rankings are based on shipment volumes in 2017
  • 9 out of 10 countries are Chinese-run operations with only Hanwha Q-Cells offering non-Chinese elements
  • Risen Energy is the only new entrant in the top-10 list compared to 2016
Ranking Producer
1 Jinko Solar
2 Trina Solar
3 Canadian Solar
4 JA Solar
5 Hanwha Q-Cells
7 Longi Solar
8 Risen Solar
9 Shunfeng/Suntech
10 Yingi Green

Source: PVTech


Global PV demand is forecasted to reach 108 GW in 2018.

  • Globally PV module supply and pricing will likely shape installations. Some projects might be delayed or even canceled, because market prices are higher than estimated during the planning phase. China, USA, and India demand will still drive the market.
  • China: FIT reduction plan on ground projects, strong development of C&I and residential projects.
  • US: Trump revealed 30% tariff to be applied on modules and cells global imports.
  • India: is mulling the introduction of anti-dumping duties for modules manufactured in China in the 2nd half of 2018. Tenders with local content, may limit the amount of modules available to supply India’s PV demand over the next few years.
  • Europe: resurgence of European demand in 2018.

EDF EN Canada Solar Energy Interactive Kiosk at Vulcan Solar Park

From left: Bruce Kolesnik - senior manager of development for EDF EN Canada, and software developers Greg Friedman and Brad Cunningham of Crafting Bytes

The Solar Park

The town of Vulcan, Alberta is embracing a future full of renewable energy! Designed and developed from 2012-2016 in partnership with Bullfrog Power, Peavey Mart and the Town of Vulcan, plus the involvement of local students, the Vulcan Solar Park is operational and it is a park like no other you will ever see!

The park provides the community with a green space to walk, relax, and learn; while it is generating 23.5 kW of renewable electricity for the community. It was missing an interactive experience for visitors to see exactly how much energy was being produced and what could be done with the power that was being generated.

The Kiosk

EDF EN Canada sponsored the design and installation of the solar kiosk at Vulcan Solar Park to provide that interactive experience. The kiosk is powered by the solar park. There are four components to it – education, solar, the park, and good land use.

The thoughtful graphic design includes nine grain elevators, inspired by the community’s agricultural heritage which are also part of the park’s design. Also included are themes from Star Trek, as the community shares their name with the home planet of Mr. Spock.

As the park generates power from the sun, the animated grain elevator pumps out more and more grain. It includes a conversion for how many times a Starfleet Type 2 Phaser can be fired. Lucky visitors might just see the USS Enterprise fly by!

“The Town of Vulcan is very excited about the addition to our solar park, said Kim Fath, CAO Town of Vulcan. “Our partnership with EDF EN Canada and Crafting Bytes has provided a truly unique way of showcasing the renewable energy produced within the park. This Kiosk is an exceptional interactive and educational tool which allows us to bring both residents and tourists together to experience the innovation of the park, and in turn promotes further exploration of the many other attractions our community has to offer.”

Vulcan Mayor Tom Grant was overheard to say, "The transition to renewables is going to help this town live long and prosper."

Information from the Vulcan Advocate and the Huffington Post.

Pendleton Solar Energy Centre, Ontario


The Pendleton Solar Project Team worked with the government agency, South Nation Conservation, to plant more than 1,300 trees along the project boundary. The boundary tree planting; which includes maple, spruce, pine, cedar, catalpa and honey locust; is designed to create a visual buffer over time. Additionally, a frost seeding will provide ground cover around the trees. The tree planting initiative was implemented to meet the Ontario LRP criteria of social acceptance and allowed EDF EN Canada to be awarded more points during the selection process.

The 15 MWAC Pendleton Solar Energy Centre project Is scheduled for completion in December 2018.  The project is situated on a 140 acre, privately-owned land parcel located in the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet in Ontario. To learn more, visit the project website.

Welcome New Employees February 2018

Name Title Location Start Date
Alrick Bonner Control Center Operator I San Diego 2/26/2018
Anne-Marie Gauthier Lead Fleet Engineer San Diego 2/26/2018
David Rodriguez Analytics and Intelligence Engineer Tampa, FL 2/20/2018
Eric Whittaker Solar Technician Arnprior, Ontario 2/20/2018
Hezekiah Conley Network Engineer San Diego 2/20/2018
Jade Hays IT Business Analyst, PMO San Diego 2/12/2018
Jerry Tuttle Wind Technician Benton County 2/5/2018
Justin Biter Wind Technician Chestnut Flats 2/20/2018
Mitchell Cohodes Transaction Analyst San Diego 2/26/2018
Nadja Marazanof Manager of Fundamental Analysis San Diego 2/26/2018
Nathaniel Bell Senior Project Developer Minneapolis 2/5/2018
Ryan Doyle Senior Accountant San Diego 2/26/2018
William Colucci Development Coordinator Toronto, On 2/12/2018

Congratulations! Promotions and Transfers February 2018

Name Title Location Date
Adolfo Zavala Senior Wind Technician Shiloh II 2/26/2018
Cheryl deGrasse IT Enterprise Applications Manager San Diego 2/26/2018
Chris Burch Senior Manager, O&M Customer Accounts Minnesota 2/5/2018
David Owen Senior Director, Power Marketing Oakland 2/19/2018
Janet Zhou Senior Tax Accountant San Diego 2/5/2018
Jason Lowenstein Associate Director, Wind Technology Optimization New Jersey 2/5/2018
Laura Wente Senior Director, Power Marketing Portland 2/19/2018
Pierre Noisette Lead Sr Analyst Montreal, Qc 2/5/2018
Victor Chat Lead Technician Shiloh IV 2/19/2018

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