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Weekly Safety Message

Garage Safety

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 Garage Safety

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

State of The Company

Even if you missed it live, you can still watch the WebEx replay

Were you unable to attend last week’s State of the Company address by President & CEO Tristan Grimbert? If not, no worries, you can watch a replay on WebEx, and download the presentation here.

In addition to the agenda items above, you'll want to learn about our new 2018 MISSION STATEMENT and the 401K Enhancements for USA Employees in 2019.

My EDF Survey

We're serious about reaching 95% participation!

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We've got two more weeks to beat our North America participation rate from last year (94%). It's not just about doing better than the EDF Group Global or EDF Renouvelables Group Global (which we did by +17% and +6% respectively in 2017). Your opinions are important as they relate to strategy, organization, information, involvement, recognition and innovation.

Here's how we're doing after two weeks (click for larger version):

Click to read a message from Bruno Bensasson, President Directeur General - CEO EDF Renewables


Dear all,

You should all have received an online invitation to answer the annual MY EDF survey a few days ago. Your opinions are key as they will help us to build the future of our Group. Year after year, your ideas help us improve our organisation and working methods and increase your collective and individual job satisfaction.

That is why I count on each and every one of you to take part in this year’s MY EDF survey by 30 October latest. This year, we should once more get involved and participate to show that we all want to move forward together. The survey was launched two weeks ago and although participation is progressing, I am sure that we can and should do much better.

The questionnaire has been simplified this year and giving your opinion will take no more than ten minutes. Wherever you are in the EDF Renewables teams, I would like to thank you in advance for, like me, taking a moment out of your busy schedules to provide your view and suggestions regarding the subjects that you find important, be they related to strategy, organisation, information, involvement, recognition or innovation.

I would like to give my sincere thanks to all those who have already taken part. If you have not yet done so, follow their lead now!

Thanks in advance for your answers. Over to you!

Bruno Bensasson

Values in Action: Integrity September 20 - November 13

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

We will begin the program with Integrity.  Please click the introduction video below and learn why integrity is important for character and how our EDF Renewables Core Values of Respect, Transparency and Passion are related.

 

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The following links will take you directly to the materials for our Integrity journey about Character, on the Franklin Covey portal (you received your login info via e-mail in July).

You can find the corresponding reflection guides on ECRM in the General Documents section of the Values in Action site.  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? Click here.

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, or if you're interested in being the Values Champion for your team, please contact Stephanie Sierra-Miller at (858) 521-3311 or stephanie.miller@edf-re.com.

Press Release: San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo Global Selects EDF Renewables North America for Onsite Battery Energy Storage

Battery System will Reduce Zoo’s Energy Costs with no Upfront Expense

EDF Renewables North America Distributed Solutions was chosen by San Diego Zoo Global to provide energy storage services in support of the organization’s fiscal and sustainability planning.  The storage project will reduce energy costs at the San Diego Zoo facility by utilizing a 1-megawatt (MW) /4-megawatt hour (MWh) battery to mitigate spikes in usage thereby lowering demand charges. The system will also minimize energy costs by recharging the battery when energy is at its lowest available rates, and then later discharging that power to the Zoo when costs are highest.

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The San Diego Zoo is able to leverage EDF Renewables’ performance-based contract whereby EDF Renewables is only paid based on the actual utility bill savings realized by the Zoo as a result of the battery operation.  Accordingly, the Zoo has no fixed payments and bears no performance risk on the operation of the system.  The battery solution also acts as a hedge against rising utility rates.

Adam Ringler, director of performance improvement stated, “This is a perfect example of how we are identifying and implementing cost-effective energy and green environmental projects as a part of San Diego Zoo Global’s commitment to sustainability. In this case, the savings can be invested into enhancing the Zoo experience, and furthering wildlife conservation and education.”

 

 

Andrew Goldstone, director of distributed solutions at EDF Renewables commented, “We are honored to be partnering with such a well-known and respected organization in the San Diego Community.  This is a perfect illustration of how we are bringing decades of experience and our financial stability to serve not only utilities and wholesale markets, but also end-users of energy through our Distributed Solutions group.”

Click HERE to see the press release online.

Press Release: MHI Vestas Turbines for Nautilus Offshore Wind

EDF Renewables North America Names MHI Vestas as Preferred Supplier for US Offshore Wind Project

MHI Vestas plans to supply three V164-8.3 MW turbines for Nautilus Offshore Wind, New Jersey’s first offshore wind project.

EDF Renewables North America has selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as the preferred supplier for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The pioneering offshore wind project, the first in New Jersey, has plans to feature three V164-8.3 MW turbines from MHI Vestas, taking the company’s V164 platform to the US offshore wind market for the first time.

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Nautilus Offshore Wind’s installation timetable is ahead of other US projects with plans to be operational as soon as 2020.

“We’re proud to be named as preferred supplier for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project and look forward to bringing our flagship V164 turbine to the US market with EDF Renewables,” said MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan. “Nautilus, already permitted, provides us the timely opportunity to bring our technology and experience to the US offshore market. The knowledge gained on this project will help New Jersey achieve its clean energy goals and lay the groundwork for future offshore wind deployment along the eastern seaboard.”

With industry-leading turbine technology and an aggressive installation timetable, the project looks to position New Jersey as the US leader in offshore wind energy and create long-term, renewable energy jobs for years to come.

“The agreement today demonstrates our commitment to offshore wind and our ambition to establish New Jersey at the forefront of the US offshore industry,” said Tristan Grimbert, president & CEO of EDF Renewables North America. “EDF Renewables has a long-standing relationship with MHI Vestas in the UK offshore sector, as well as with its parent company, Vestas, having installed more than 2 GW of turbines onshore in North America. We are pleased to work with MHI Vestas to deliver the key component to our first offshore project that will deliver clean energy and economic benefits in the form of supply chain and jobs to the region.”

Nautilus Offshore Wind will be located in state waters and is already fully permitted. The project is currently under review by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for approval of an offshore renewable energy credit (OREC) agreement.

Click HERE for the press release online.

IMPORTANT Password Notice

By Matthew McColm, IT Manager, Support Services

If you received an e-mail earlier this week from IT Support Services about your password needing to be updated, please be advised that you must take action before Tuesday, October 23.

Earlier this week, there was an email sent to users to whose accounts could be affected by a password policy change that will be enacted the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 23rd. This change, as per Best Practices and Security reviews, has flagged accounts that need to update their passwords. If you received this e-mail, and if you don't take action prior to the deadline,  your account will be disabled. In order to successfully meet the requirements of the new policy, please follow the instructions in the e-mail regarding your password.

As a precaution for the future, you can also enroll in the Password Reset Portal where you can change your password on your own. The details were covered in the July 12 issue of The Wire.

If you have any questions please reach out to the service desk at X3400. Thank you.

 

Next Windows Patching -- Tonight: Thursday, October 18

By Jonathan Medel, Supervisor – Applications Engineering

This will impact ALL EMPLOYEES:

Outage Date: 10/18/2018 Prod Expected Duration: Between 30 minutes and 1 hour
Start Time: 6:00 PM PST Expected End Time: 11:00PM PST
Current Status: Scheduled
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Incident Manager(s): Gonzalo Pacheco
Email: gonzalo.pacheco@edf-re.com
Phone: 619-395-0736

Areas/Systems Affected:
All corporate applications and systems, including but not limited to ECRM, File services, Printing, Field SCADA systems, EDW, BI Application, etc.
Outage Description: Windows Server Patching and patch roll up deployments. Also, Third Party Patching like Java and Adobe updates.

Related RFC#: 1042
RFC Status: Approved

Comments:
Please be aware that at 6:00PM PST on October 18th Production windows servers will begin an operating system patch cycle to install the monthly security updates

This change is to address operating system security across the environment. A successful deployment to Development and QA servers was conducted giving a high level of confidence in the updates.

This is a part of EDF-RE’s commitment to securing our servers. You may see a pop-up indicating that patches are being installed. The server will automatically restart to ensure that the patches are applied correctly to the system. It will be the responsibility of the owner of the server to ensure the functionality after the restart occurs. If you need to postpone the restart, or having difficulties with the server. Please contact Gonzalo Pacheco or dcops@edf-re.com.

Project Tracker - A New Application

By Ed Jones, Director, Enterprise Architecture 

As announced in the State of the Company, the EDF Renewables IT Software Engineering Team has released a new application The Project Tracker aimed to centralize project related metadata.

Sign up for training on the IT Training page on ECRM:  October 22 at 9am PT

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Click HERE to access the Project Tracker home page.

A Project Tracker Champions Committee has been established with representatives of each project phase:

  • Cliff Graham: Development - Feasibility & Development - Mid Stage
  • Benoit Rigal: Development - Advanced Stage & Implementation
  • Dan Summa: Operational - Generation
  • Dalen Copeland: Operational - 3rd Party O&M

The core functionality of the application is complete and now we need your help to ensure data accuracy and completeness. To do so, the Project Tracker Champions Committee have defined Phase Leaders to act as the point of contact and responsible party for the key fields.

  • Development Managers: Development - Feasibility & Development - Mid Stage
  • Program Managers: Development - Advanced Stage & Implementation
  • Asset Managers: Operational - Generation
  • Customer Account Managers: Operational - 3rd Party O&M

The key fields defined by the Project Tracker Champions can be accessed from the Saved Views in the left navigation:

To learn more, sign-up for the training being held on October 22 @ 9am PT via WebEx and at the Innovation Campus as part of the bi-monthly IT Training Sessions. In the meantime, a Project Tracker User Guide is available on the ECRM IT Support site.

New IT Training Courses Start TODAY

October 18 - 24 - 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.

It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

By Kevin Brown, Information Security Analyst

Every business faces a number of cybersecurity challenges, no matter the size or industry.

In this day and age, companies great and small are vulnerable to potential attacks every day. From insider threats to simple phishing, we can be left guessing if we know enough to handle them or are well prepared to face the risks. Staff education about basic computing hygiene is one thing, but ingraining security practices until they are done almost naturally, even beyond the confines of the office, is another.

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On the job, we all share responsibility for the organization’s online safety and security. As the lines between our work and daily lives become increasingly blurred, it is more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity carries over between the two. As a collective our organization must establish a culture of security where people think, act, and behave the same way.

This does not happen by chance, but intentionally.

Each and every employee is a critical link. The following guide introduces concepts to help us become force multipliers in combatting cybersecurity attacks at work.

SECURITY FROM THE START. Realize that you are an attractive target to hackers. Never say “It won’t happen to me.” Every choice you make in the recruiting realm has ramifications, so you must start with the intention to practice secure habits at all times. This can be as simple as not connecting to unsecured WiFi, reading and following company IT and cybersecurity polices, keeping a clean desk, and locking your computer screen when you are away.

IT’S NOT ALL TECHNICAL. Cybersecurity isn’t an exclusive issue for the digital realm; it has many non-technical controls that should become a part of your daily routine. Some of those include: protecting the physical security of controlled areas, encrypting your files or folders, being wary of social engineering, being conscientious of what you plug into your computer, and most importantly reporting any anomalous behaviors or insecure computing practices.

CREATE SECURE PASSWORDS AND AUTHENTICATION. Because of the sensitive information stored on our network, strong authentication procedures, including sensible password hygiene, helps ensure that only authorized individuals can access our data. If offered, two-factor authentication is the preferred method, but applying the corporate password policy for the creation and management of passwords aids in keeping our environment secure.

CONTROL ACCESS TO DATA AND SYSTEMS. Our data and systems are our digital crown jewels and must be protected. We must take reasonable steps to keep them secure, not only from the prying eyes of outsiders, but what also from other employees that have no reason to access them. Put controls in place to make sure employees have access only on a need-to-know basis and anyone else is blocked.

STORE SENSITIVE INFORMATION SECURELY. Data breaches could lead to regulatory action and legal liability if sensitive information falls into the wrong hands. Storing this data is a business necessity, and whether it is personally identifiable information or technical designs, we must keep it secure. The easiest way to do this is to keep sensitive information secure throughout its lifecycle. This involves using strong industry tested and accepted cryptography to secure the data during both storage and transmission. The less data you must manage the better, so keep only what you need and securely destroy the rest.

KEEP APPS AND SYSTEMS UPDATED. Outdated software undermines security and securing them isn’t a one-time deal. It’s an ongoing process that requires you to keep your guard up. The company has a vulnerability management program to cover managed applications, but what about that third-party software you installed last week? These applications need to have updates applied as they’re issued, to ensure they don’t open the company up to unnecessary risk. If you develop your own software, have an effective process in place to receive and address any security vulnerabilities reported.

COMPLETE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING TO HONE YOURS SKILLS. The security of our company's computing environment is as vulnerable as our most unaware employee. That means that achieving cybersecurity maturity is something everyone must take seriously. To support this the company has made training available covering security subjects including email safety, physical security, privileged access, and common attack techniques. This includes regular security awareness messages teaching basic lessons about security.

PRACTICE SAFE CLICKING. Always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email. If it’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it. Double check the URL of the website the link takes you to: bad actors will often take advantage of spelling mistakes to direct you to a harmful domain. Sensitive browsing, such as banking, shopping, or accessing work email should only be done on a device that belongs to you, on a network that you trust. If you use a friend’s phone, a public computer, or a cafe’s free WiFi, all pose risks that are better avoided.

Vigilant employees making smart decisions will optimize the effectiveness of any technical solution. The company can’t afford to fail at cybersecurity. We don't want to be hacked, customer information to falling into the wrong hands, or nefarious actors locking down our essential data and demanding a ransom. To make sure our networks and data are secure, take the time to get cybersecurity right. It's far cheaper to get consultation and create a plan than to deal with the negative aftermath of a reportable incident.

ECRM Departments Tab Makeover!

By Lucy Huntley, Applications Supervisor, Enterprise Applications

The Departments tab in ECRM will be changing to reflect the current organizational structure.

When is this happening?  The change will occur in the morning on Friday October 19th

What is changing? 

  • Business Support, Specialty Centers, Canada, Legal, and Portfolio Strategy headers will be prefixed with “Corporate” in the title.
  • All other headers will be prefixed with the business line they belong to.

Where to Find EDF Renewables Job Postings

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.

EDF International Division News

ENGINEERING

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by EDF Group and EGIS

On 9 October this year, on the occasion of the Electric Days, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by EDF Group CEO Jean-Bernard Levy and EGIS CEO Nicolas Jachiet to deepen the existing relations between the two groups in the area of international engineering services based on EDF’s technical expertise and EGIS’ large sales network.

Read the entire story HERE.

In Case You Missed It…

Important Reminders from Past Wires

Procurement Related Policy Training is Starting Back Up!

We are now ready to start back up to complete the PTP (Procure to Pay) Policy series of training and wrap it all up by the end of this year.

MyEDF Survey is Here

Check your Outlook inbox and complete before Oct 30

Upcoming Events

World Energy Engineering Congress

Oct 17-19 | Charlotte, NC

Renewable Energy Vermont

Oct 18-19 | South Burlington, VT

EEI National Key Accounts Workshop - Fall

Oct 21-24 | San Antonio, TX

CanWEA

Oct 23-25 | Calgary, AB

Grid Modernization Summit

Oct 23-25 | Denver, CO

Solar & Storage Finance

Oct 29-30 | New York, NY

Energy Storage North America

Nov 6-8 | Pasadena, CA

Solar PV Operations USA

Nov 7-8 | San Diego, CA

SouthEast Renewable Energy Summit

Nov 7-9 | Atlanta, GA

Renewable Energy Grid Forum

Nov 8 | San Francisco, CA

APPA Public Power Forward Summit

Nov 12-13 | Austin, TX

AWEA Fall Symposium

Nov 13-15 | Colorado Springs, CO

Community Choice Energy Summit

Nov 28-30 | San Francisco, CA