Archive

Weekly Safety Message

Avoiding Flu & Winter Illness

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 Avoiding Flu & Winter Illness. 

Click graphic to enlarge...

Click here to read the safety message on the ECRM Safety Always Page!

Weekly O&M HSE Performance Report

For the Week Ending November 16

The O&M HSE performance report for the week Ending 11/16/2018 is now available on ECRM.

Values In Action: Intent November 29 - January 10

by Stephanie Sierra-Miller, Executive Assistant to Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO

Click image to see full size...

Intent is the second Core of Credibility we will be exploring to put our EDF Renewables Core Values in Action.  Please click here to see the introduction video and learn why Intent is important for character and how our EDF Renewables Core Values of Transparency and Teamwork are related.

The following links will take you directly to the materials for our Intent journey about Character, on the Franklin Covey portal.

You can find the corresponding reflection guides in the General Documents section of the Values In Action site on ECRM. The guides contain prompts that are meant to inspire insights on where you might be able to put these tools to work.  It takes practice; use the guides to reveal the opportunities for mastery!

How should we champion the materials with our teams?

Do what works best.....the materials are flexible to map out a plan that fits your teams' workload and schedule.

Some teams:

  • Watch videos and work on reflection guides together, then discuss insights
  • Watch videos together, work on reflection guides individually and then discuss insights at next staff meeting (or a separate time that is convenient for your team)
  • Watch videos and work on reflection guides individually and then bring insights to next meeting

If you need help mapping out a plan, please contact Stephanie at (858) 521-3311 or stephanie.miller@edf-re.com.

San Diego Holiday Food Drive Starts Next Week

Food drive drop-off bins and gift-wrapped boxes will be placed in the office areas of both buildings.

The San Diego Food Bank and their North County Food Bank chapter feed 370,000 people per month, with 400 nonprofit community partners.

Last year the EDF Renewables San Diego food drive provided 17,234 meals!

Volunteers needed! Please email Lauren.Seidel@edf-re.com to help.

We will also be providing information on how to give monetary donations to the SD Food Bank and to California Fire Victims through the GIVE site.

#GivingTuesday Results

over $5,000 donated

There's still time to make 2018 donations and receive a company match up to $500.

For more information and complete instructions click here.

2018 USA Midterm Election Results

Democrats Make Gains in US House and State Governments; Republicans Hold the US Senate

by Tom Carlson, Manager Regulatory & Legislative Affairs

 

As public policies at the federal and state levels have a major impact on the renewable energy industry, EDF Renewables' regulatory and legislative affairs team tracked the outcome of the recent US Midterm Elections closely. Major results include Democrats taking control of the US House of Representatives, Republicans maintaining control of the US Senate, Democrats making more gains in state legislatures and governorships, and a steady loss of moderates particularly on the Republican side.

Click to expand and read more...

Renewable energy enjoys broad support from both Republicans and Democrats. Still, the party control of legislative chambers and executive branches influences the types of policies that are more likely to be enacted and the aggressiveness with which clean energy may be pursued. There are Republican champions of renewable energy with a particular focus on sensible permitting policy. Democrats have traditionally been more aggressive in their support of policies to increase demand for renewables.

Implications of U.S. House and Senate Elections

The Democrats won control of the US House of Representatives with the current count at 232 Democrats, 200 Republicans, and 3 still undecided. Democrats made a net gain of 36 seats so far and comfortably surpassed the threshold of 218 seats needed for majority control.

Meanwhile, Republicans expanded their majority in the US Senate, and will go from a 51-49 majority now to 53-47 majority in 2019. Republican Senators will replace Democratic incumbents in North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri, and Florida, while Democratic Senators will take seats formerly held by Republicans in Nevada and Arizona.

With control of the House and Senate now split, bipartisan support will be needed to pass any legislation. This reduces policy change risk, which was significant for the renewable industry during the recent tax reform. There may be opportunities for infrastructure investment, including support for transmission. While we do not expect any changes to the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) phase down schedules, industry is pushing for inclusion of stand-alone storage qualification for the ITC.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted that confirming judges will be his “top priority” given that only the Senate has a say on Presidential appointments. Of note, federal carbon regulations will likely be reviewed by the courts again. In the last carbon-related ruling, the 5 conservative Supreme Court justices voted to stay [pause] the Clean Power Plan (CPP) proposed by former President Barack Obama, while the 4 liberal justices voted against the stay.

The Trump Administration is expected to continue to focus on executive actions. The EPA proposed replacement for the CPP, known as the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule to regulate carbon emissions in the electric sector takes a much less aggressive approach focused on inside-the-fence measures like heat rate efficiency improvements. Environmental advocates will likely bring lawsuits against the proposal. Industry is also watching to see whether the administration will act to support existing coal and nuclear plants.

Regardless of party control, it is important to note that moderate voices in Congress did not fare very well.  Several Republican moderates who were leaders in clean energy policy lost their re-elections, including Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) who was a champion of the solar ITC as well as storage, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) who was a champion on carbon policy, and Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) who was a champion on storage.  We also see the Democrats featuring a freshman class that will demand faster action on energy policy compared to incumbent leadership.

Implications of State Government Elections

State races were particularly important this year for two reasons:
(1) thirty-six Governorships were up for election, including sixteen open seats, and
(2) in 2020 states will redraw their legislative and Congressional district boundaries which will then be in place for a decade, and in most states, the party in power leads such an effort.

After suffering heavy losses in 2010 with minimal gains since, Democrats made major gains in state control. The party picked up seven governorships and flipped seven legislative chambers. Now Republicans hold trifectas—or party control of both legislative chambers and the Governorship—in 22 states, Democrats hold 14, 13 are divided. One state, Nebraska, has a non-partisan legislature.

 

Click map for interactive site...

Source: NCSL 11/7/18 (bitly.com/ncsl2018)

Five patterns are evident:

  1. Democrats won greater control in the Northeast and maintained control of West Coast states
  2. Democrats won full control in three Southwest/Intermountain West states: Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. In Arizona, Republicans maintained full control of state government, but Democrats made inroads and took a US Senate seat.
  3. Republicans continue have firm control in the Southeast and South-Central states
  4. Democrats have made inroads into upper Midwest states though Republicans on balance still have more power since their 2010 electoral wave in the region. Exceptions include full Democratic control in Illinois and split control in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan
  5. The Mid-Atlantic is a mixed bag with Democrats in full control of New Jersey and Delaware and split control in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. Democrats hold a veto-proof supermajority in the Maryland legislature.

We expect legislative efforts in 2019 to increase demand for renewables in numerous states where Democrats have taken greater control. The EDF Renewables regulatory and legislative team will be well engaged in those states.

We also expect other policy opportunities and challenges throughout the country. Please reach out to Virinder Singh (Virinder.Singh@edf-re.com), Tom Carlson (tom.carlson@edf-re.com) or Lynnae Willette (Lynnae.willette@edf-re.com) if you have any questions regarding public policy issues.

Doug Copeland Featured on NJ Spotlight Roundtable

New Jersey’s Offshore-Wind Initiatives: Right Place, Right Time

Doug Copeland, Regional Project Development Manager, East Region, participated in a roundtable discussion on November 9 to discuss New Jersey's aggressive goals for offshore wind and how they might be achieved — critical issues in the state’s efforts to combat climate change and deliver clean energy to customers.

Read more at NJ Spotlight, and you can listen to the informative podcast here.

EDF Renewables Website Gets a Fresh Look

Better Navigation, Updated Messaging

If you haven't visited our website www.edf-re.com lately, you are in for a treat. Navigation is easier, the hero panels feature new graphics and compelling calls to action, and each of our customer facing business lines (Asset Optimization, Distributed Solutions, and Grid-Scale Power) has a new landing page.

Let us know what you think Communications@edf-re.com.

Click to expand and see who's new at EDF Renewables...
NAME TITLE LOCATION START DATE
Adam Rock Associate Program Manager San Diego 11/5/2018
Alessandro Costa Business Systems Analyst II San Diego 11/5/2018
Olivier Matte Consolidation Analyst Montreal, Quebec 11/12/2018
Devon Muto Director, Solar Development San Diego 11/13/2018
Tom Arrowood Wind Technician Oasis 11/13/2018
Casandra Roberts Administrative Assistant San Diego 11/13/2018
Mariam Hosseiny Senior Administrative Assistant San Diego 11/13/2018
John Kirk Area Technical Specialist Lindsay, Ontario 11/19/2018
Kelsey Bobeck Analytics and Intelligence Engineer San Diego 11/19/2018
Christopher Dube Wind technician K2, Ontario 11/26/2018
Matthew Jakielski Wind Technician Hawi 11/26/2018
Brandon Bush Fuel Supply Operator Dorchester 11/26/2018
Wesley Buie Advanced Wind Technician Slate Creek 11/26/2018
Brandy Cyre Wind Technician Slate Creek 11/26/2018
Tyson Zinda Wind Technician Fenton 11/26/2018
Brandon Espinosa Wind Technician Spinning Spur II 11/26/2018

Click to expand and see who's been promoted or transferred...
NAME TITLE LOCATION START DATE
Rainner Bouret Site Manager Arnprior, Ontario 10/29/2018
Diane Boman Buyer III - Corporate San Diego 10/15/2018
Jay Temple Regional Sr. Director- Asset Optimization San Diego 10/29/2018
Blaine Sundwall Regional Sr. Director- Asset Optimization WFH- Vancouver, WA 10/29/2018
John Coulter Associate Asset Manager San Diego 11/5/2018
Douglas Parks Wind Technician Hoosier 11/12/2018
Michael Huss Site Manager Chestnut Flats 11/12/2018
Irina Goriatcheva EV Microgrid Product Manager San Diego 11/12/2018
James Flores Environmental Compliance Specialist Loveland, CO 11/12/2018
Jean-Baptiste Casedevant Associate Director, Portfolio Management San Diego 11/12/2018
Jacey Willson Senior Wind Technician/SS Slate Creek 11/26/2018
Wilson Taylor Asset Manager San Diego 11/26/2018

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.

USA Open Enrollment for 2019 Benefits

2019 Open Enrollment - For US Employees Only

Our Annual Open Enrollment for your 2019 benefits begins on Monday, December 3rd and ends Friday, December 14th , 2018.

Human Resources will provide a high-level introduction of our 2019 benefits in four (4) group sessions. A calendar invitation has been sent for all sessions. Sessions will be held via Web-Ex.  If you’re in San Diego, please join us in the Shiloh conference rooms in our corporate office. Each session will cover the same material so please attend at least one session that best fits your calendar.

Session 1              Monday, December 3rd               12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (PST)
Session 2              Thursday, December 6th              2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (PST)
Session 3              Monday, December 10th              9:00 am - 10:00 am (PST)
Session 4              Thursday, December 13th            10:00 am – 11:00 am (PST)

The 2019 Open Enrollment Summary  will be distributed by 12/3/2018. For more information on 2019 rates, please refer to The Wire (click here).

All employees are required to access DAYFORCE to confirm/complete their 2019 Benefits. Please be sure to enter your dependent’s SSN, if missing or if this will be the first time adding your dependent. All changes made during open enrollment will take effect on 01 January 2019. Exceptions to this effective date may apply to new employees (hired after October 14th, 2018) who may need to meet their benefit waiting period before some benefits take effect.

Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing benefits@edf-re.com.

Lisa Carp, VP of Human Resources

Featured in Brainard Strategy November Leader in the Limelight

Every month, Brainard Strategy interviews executive leaders who are transforming their organizations and leaving a lasting leadership legacy. In November, they interviewed Lisa Carp, VP of Human Resources. Click HERE to read about Lisa's leadership philosophy, lessons learned, and what has guided her success as a leading HR executive.

Talent Development: Success Pathways

Success Pathways is our one-of-a-kind, integrated talent development program designed to attract, develop, motivate and retain productive, engaged employees. To accomplish this, we have Five Solid Success Pathway Practice Spheres on ECRM>Human Resources>Success Pathways.

  • Career Pathing
  • Learning & Development Resources
  • Team Building
  • Coaching & Feedback
  • Customized Learning

So, what are you waiting for? START ON THE ROAD OF DISCOVERY and Choose your Success Pathway Today!!

NEW OFFER AVAILABLE January 2019!

30% discount on Office 365 Home or Personal annual subscription for home use
  • With an Office 365 annual subscription your employees will always be up-to-date with premium versions of Office apps across all their devices (Office 365 Home – Up to 6 Users, Office 365 Personal – 1 User), monthly exclusive feature updates, and 1TB of cloud storage per user.
  • Office 365 helps them create their best documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with built-in intelligence and up-to-date features. Securely sync and share; all within the premium apps they know and trust.
  • Availability – January 2019
Click to expand for details about the offer...

How do I access this offer and inform employees of the program?

  1. Visit the Microsoft Store for Business Home Use Program HERE >> click ‘Sign-in’
    1. If you have previously signed into MSFB you can go directly to this page HERE
    2. If you have not signed into MSFB before, you will need to follow a special onetime process to sign up. Login to Volume Licensing Center (VLSC) using your Work / AAD Account. If you do not have a work AAD account, you can create one at https://signup.microsoft.com. You can also do this by clicking “Sign in with your work account” after clicking the “Sign in” button at the VLSC. Once you have set up your work AAD account and have signed in to VLSC using the AAD work account, you can then proceed to MSFB sign in. This process will ensure that your VLSC assets are visible in the Microsoft Store for Business.
  2. Sign into the company portal >> Enter your company email address >> If you have not signed in before you will be prompted to enter your credentials.
  3. Access Admin Home Use Program benefit page >> Click on ‘Manage’ >> Click on ‘Products & Services’
  4. On the ‘Product & Services’ page >> Click on the ‘Benefits’ tab >> Click on ‘Home Use Program’
  5. Manage program and Invite Employees >> Click on ‘Invite’ button >> Enter Company DL or employee email >> Click ‘Invite’
  6. Optional – Share the Microsoft Home Use Program with your employees on your SharePoint, HR Benefits, yammer sites, newsletter by leveraging Customized Assets or directly pointing your employees to www.microsoft.com/homeuseprogram

Once you’ve activated the new benefit, please direct your employees to www.microsoft.com/homeuseprogram to take advantage of this new offer.

What is happening to the prior Home Use Program that offered Software Assurance customers Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 for USD $9.95*?

  • As part of Microsoft’s cloud-first strategy, we will be transitioning our Home Use Program to offer the most up-to-date Office experience with Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal at a 30% discount starting January 2019. However, for a limited time we will continue to offer the opportunity for your eligible employees to purchase the following products at www.microsofthup.com:
    • Now until 12/31/2018 – Office Professional Plus 2016, Office Home and Business 2016 for Mac, Project Professional 2016, and Visio Professional 2016 for USD $9.95* each.
    • From 11/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 – Office Professional Plus 2019, Office Home and Business 2019, Visio Professional 2019, and Project Professional 2019 for USD $14.99* each.
    • Starting 7/1/2019 – Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 will no longer be available. Professional 2019 and Visio Professional 2019 will continue to be offered to eligible customers. For more details please visit the Admin FAQ here

*For products price offered in your region please visit www.microsofthup.com

What is happening to the prior Home Use Program that offered SA Customers Visio Professional 2016 and/or Project Professional 2016 for USD $9.95?

If your organization is eligible to provide discounts on Visio and/or Project through the Home Use Program, you can continue to manage those products in the Volume Licensing Service Center today. In the near future, you will be able to manage those products in the Microsoft Store for Business.

ECRM Servers Patching Thursday, 11/29, 8pm

There is a scheduled Windows patching coming up for ECRM Servers tonight, Thursday 11/29 at 8pm.

This maintenance is per Windows patching RFC: # 1183

Jonathan Medel, Supervisor – Applications Engineering, is the point of contact for any issues.
T: 1.858.521.3447
M: 1.858.231.2038

Next Windows Patching -- November 29/30

by Nick Gallagher, Systems Administrator

This will impact ALL EMPLOYEES:

As part of EDF Renewables’ commitment to securing our end user machines and maintaining our end user infrastructure, we will be patching your system. Windows patching will begin after hours Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30, at 6pm PT and will be rolled out to EDF Laptops and Desktops. This should cause 30 minutes of down time during which your system will prompt and warn you of a pending reboot. Some systems will experience longer down times depending on the device. As a reminder, these patches come over the internet and could take a few days to download depending on the speed of your internet connection.

Click to expand and read what to expect...

What to expect:

You may see a pop-up indicating that patches are being installed. There will also be a pop-up from the system asking for a restart within five minutes. After five minutes, the workstations will restart automatically to ensure that the patches are applied correctly to the system. There may be a 2nd and 3rd restart depending on your system and its required updates.

What you need to do:

Save all your work before you leave for the day, optimally using OneDrive.
The system will warn you with a pop-up before reboot. You will have the opportunity to delay for a few minutes but eventually, the machine will reboot.

Setup Business Hours for SCCM:

We have switched patching tools and are now using Microsoft SCCM. This gives the user base some choice about when the reboots happen and provides convenience to all. To set your business hours to have the patches reboot after hours please use the following steps:

  1. Search for “Software Center” in the windows start bar and launch the program:
  2. Select the “Options” tab and then set your business hours. When possible, the system will install software and perform reboots outside of the hours you normally work.
    Note: This will not stop reboots if the install has passed the 5 day threshold.

For Questions or Concerns:
Contact the IT Support Service Desk at 858-521-3400.

Cybersecurity Awareness: Insider Threats

by Kevin Brown, Information Security Analyst

Insider Threats: The Enemy Within

Ask any security professional to name the top security threats to their organization and they will probably list numerous external sources; hackers, viruses, denial of service attacks and phishing. Often the greatest risk to any organization comes from within; an unhappy employee, or rogue insider with valid access to an organization’s computing network. Because they are already trusted and have a certain level of access rights, the actions of these individuals can go undetected for years.

Click to expand and read what to watch out for...

Insider threats are one of a handful of non-digital threats troubling organizations of all sizes. Of course, malicious employees are the exception rather than the rule, but they are not the only insider

threat. The CERT Threat Center defines an insider threat as, “the potential for individuals who have or had authorized access to an organization’s assets to use their access, either intentionally or unintentionally, to act in a way that could negatively affect the organization”. Let’s look at the main categories – intentional and unintentional.

The definition of intentional insiders describes users who knowingly do harm to an organization and are considered either malicious or professional.

Malicious insiders are insiders that perceive the company has wronged them in some way and in turn do things like releasing malware, deleting key files, or stealing proprietary property. Employees who are coerced (e.g., offered rewards or compensation) also fall into this category.

Professional insider. Spies or moles that enter an organization as employees or contractors would fall into this category. They have the specific intent to steal, compromise, or sabotage assets and to damage the integrity of the company.

The definition of unintentional insiders describes users who have no ill intent, but their actions and behavior can cause harm to the organization, its assets, resources, and people.

Accidental insider. Also called oblivious or careless insiders, fall under this category and are often the most overlooked and underestimated. This could be employees that are overwhelmed and busy, not technologically savvy, or who simply miss malicious indicators. Incidents like clicking links in phishing emails, accidentally leaking sensitive information, or misplacing company-owned assets, can all add risk and lead to compromise.

Negligent insider. The other type of unintentional insider involves employees that are generally familiar with the organization’s security policies and the risks involved if they’re ignored. However, they look for ways to avoid them anyway, especially if they feel such policies limit their ability to do their work.

It may sound harsh, but anyone with inside access to our organization could become an insider threat. That’s the nature of doing business in an environment that handles sensitive data. By working together, we can reduce our risk! Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Report all incidents. Phishing emails. Unusual amounts of spam. Someone not wearing a badge. Secured doors left unlocked…all of it adds risk and all of it needs to be reported.
  • Click with care. Or don’t click at all. Know how to spot phishing emails or scams, which often contain malicious links and attachments.
  • Verify the source. Sending sensitive info to someone? Make sure you address the email to the right person and that they are authorized to receive sensitive info.
  • Stay alert. In order to report security incidents, you need to be aware of them first! Don’t snooze on security. Keep your eyes open and use common sense.
  • Always follow policy. Our organizational efforts to identify and mitigate threats will fail if you ignore the policies we’ve carefully designed. Following policy helps keep our organization secure.

New IT Training Courses December 3-5

Sign up now!

Learn something brand new, or brush up your skills. A variety of technology classes have been scheduled for EDF Renewables 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.

Download the list of classes.
Visit the Training Course Registration page on ECRM to register for classes.

EDF Renewables Convergence #14

Convergence has had a makeover, discover all the changes!

New design, intuitive navigation, access to smartphones, Convergence is evolving to make your reading more pleasant and efficient.

In this issue of Convergence: editorial by Bruno Bensasson and Bruno Fyot, feature on Asset performance, focus on our successes and future prospects in South America, international overview and the latest news from our Group.

NEW: You now need to enter login and password below to read Convergence
LOGIN: edf
PASSWORD: convergence

Click here to read Convergence.

Press Release: EDF Renewables Enters First Corporate PPA in Brazil

PPA with Braskem to supply wind energy

 

EDF Renewables in Brazil has announced that it has entered into a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Braskem, one of the world’s leading
producers of thermoplastic resin.

The energy will be generated by a new 33 MW wind project of EDF Renewables. The construction of the facility is to be started in 2019.

With this agreement, Braskem becomes the first company in Brazil to swell the ranks of large corporations around the world -like Google, Microsoft, Kimberly-Clark, Salesforce, Procter & Gamble, Walmart and Yahoo- that have placed their trust in EDF Renewables to provide them renewable energy and thus, to support them with their energy transition.

Click to download the .pdf in English or French.

In Case You Missed It...

Important Reminders from Past Wires

HELP WANTED!
Implementation Team

Special Offer from ReCharge Magazine
Free Digital Subscription

Upcoming Events

Community Choice Energy Summit

Nov 28-30 | San Francisco, CA

GTM Energy Storage Summit

Dec 11-12 | San Francisco, CA

Solar & Alternative Energy Symposium

Dec 6 | New York, NY

Consumer Electronic Show

Jan 8-11 | Las Vegas, NV

EDF Renewables Development Summit

Jan 15-17 | San Diego, CA

Renew Wisconsin Energy Summit

Jan 17 | Madison, WI

CanWEA O&M Summit

Jan 29-30 | Toronto, ON

NET Conference

Feb 11-13 | San Diego, CA

AWEA O&M and Safety Seminar and Expo

Feb 27-28 | San Diego, CA