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’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.”
(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
You can also download a summary provided by EDF EN on ECRM.
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.
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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:
Highlights from EDF EN PV Modules Newsletter
The global solar market hit almost 100 GW (initial estimation was 75GW)
Biggest Solar Markets 2017 (installations)
Global PV demand is forecasted to reach 108 GW in 2018.
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.
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."
GIVING LIFE TO 1,300 TREES
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.
|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|
|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|