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EDF Renouvelables, Our New Name in France

A letter from CEO Bruno Bensasson

Dear colleagues,

Today is an important day for our company. EDF Energies Nouvelles will become EDF Renouvelables in France and will now be recognised as a single, unified brand in more than 20 countries.

With this new name – EDF Renouvelables in France and EDF Renewables outside France – we assert EDF’s position as a world leader in renewable energy, a leader that is stepping up its commitment to the fight against climate change by setting ambitious goals in onshore and offshore wind power, solar power and energy storage.

Back in 2004, the company then called SIIF Energies was renamed EDF Energies Nouvelles. At the time, the name change came when EDF was moving into so-called “new” forms of energy, bringing hopes of greater respect for the planet. The name EDF Energies Nouvelles displayed that commitment and increased our company’s visibility with our partners.

Fourteen years later, renewable energy is now an essential component in the energy mix, recognised for its performance and competitive pricing. And today, renewable energy plays a key role in the fight against climate change.

The new name, EDF Renouvelables, even more clearly embodies our DNA, shared mindset and common direction. Fully embracing our values of agility, passion, cooperation, respect, responsibility and solidarity, and building on the commitment from all individuals, we openly state with this name our contribution to a key objective of EDF’s CAP 2030 strategy.

May we carry it proudly and work to enrich this brand capital with operational successes and innovative achievements, creating shared value for our customers, our employees, our shareholders and our planet.

Bruno Bensasson

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Bruno Bensasson & Antoine Cahuzac Will Visit San Diego

Save the Date, Thursday September 13, 4:30 pm

If you are in San Diego next Thursday, plan to join us for this event.

Acquaint yourselves with the personalities of these two men by reading their Farewell & Hello letters posted in the May 10th Wire and view the original EDF EN Press Release HERE.

Press Release: Nautilus Offshore Wind Project Under Official Review

by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU)

Nautilus would prepare New Jersey to take the lead in cultivating offshore wind talent, as states race to capitalize on this new economy

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today announced its official acceptance of the application tendered by EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project. The agency is expected to review the project over the next few months and make a decision on whether to approve the project for immediate construction, which will be located approximately 2.8 miles east of the coastline of Atlantic City and could be complete as soon as 2020. The small-scale project, expected to be comprised of three wind turbines with a combined capacity of up to 25 megawatts (MW), is a crucial first step towards implementing the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA) and building a workforce capable of meeting Governor Phil Murphy’s statewide goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind generation by 2030.

Read the official Press Release HERE.

Press Release: EDF Renewables Brazil

Awarded 276 MW of wind energy projects in Bahia

Ventos da Bahia wind farm (183 MW)

At the last federal competitive tender held by the Brazilian regulator on August 31th, EDF Renewables was awarded two wind projects located in Bahia State, totaling 276 MW. EDF Renewables won nearly a quarter of the 1200 MW capacity awarded at the auction.

Both projects benefit from a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Each is an extension of existing wind projects. The first is a 147 MW addition to a 114 MW project 350 km north-west of Salvador awarded in the previous tender in April (Folha Larga). The second project is a 129 MW addition to a 183 MW wind farm (Ventos da Bahia), which is due to be commissioned within the next few weeks.

Established three years ago in Brazil, EDF Renewables already ranks among the country’s leaders in the renewable sector, with a portfolio of nearly 1,000 MW in wind and solar energy projects under construction and in operation.

These two projects, scheduled for commissioning in 2024, contribute to the EDF Group’s CAP 2030 strategy which aims at doubling its renewable energy capacity by 2030, in France and worldwide.

See the official press release here.

USA Company Vehicle Insurance Renewal ID Cards

The previously issued cards expired September 1st

 

EDF Renewables US Corporate Insurance Program renews on September 1st every year. The new 2018-2019 auto insurance ID cards are now available on ECRM’s Risk Management page under Auto Insurance. Find the link below for the State in which your company vehicle is registered. Once you open the link, use the FIND function (Ctrl+F) within the document to locate your ID card with the last 5 numbers of your VIN (vehicle identification number). Once you locate your ID card, print your ID card (one page ONLY, not the whole document) and place it in the glove compartment of your vehicle.

OLD ID cards expired Saturday, September 1st.

**If you have a State change, Christina Nichols in Risk Management will need the VAN (vehicle action notice) form in order to have the insurance broker make the change with the insurance carrier. In the meantime, print the previous State ID card and keep it in the glove compartment of your vehicle until your new ID card arrives **

Here is the link to the Quick Procedures Insurance Renewal Cards_083118 or visit the Supply Chain Fleet Management ECRM Page if you need assistance.

If you are unable to locate your vehicle ID card, please reach out to Christina Nichols in Risk Management and provide your VIN (vehicle information number).

Christina.nichols@edf-re.com (858) 521-3537

Required O&M Department SAP Training – Sept 18 - 27th

by Carol Durham, Project Manager, IT PMO

Important SAP changes are being released in October that will impact key departmental tasks including the Service Order, Sales Order, and Contract Set Up processes. Training on these changes is offered from Sept 18th – 27th via WebEx and is required for the teams outlined below.*

O&M team members should watch for a training session meeting invitation sent from Trainingdept@edf-re.com and RSVP to one offering for each class that is required for your role.

Schedule:

There are required MindFlash quizzes, but it is only a quiz without a presentation review.

*Team members who attended Super User Training are not required to attend training again though the quiz is still required. SCADA and PRE are optional training attendees for this offering and can also schedule future training by contacting Trainingdept@edf-re.com.

ECRM Scheduled Maintenance Thursday, 9/6, 8pm – midnight

There is a scheduled maintenance window coming up for ECRM this week on Thursday from 8pm – midnight. This maintenance is per RFC – 867

Our IT team will be doing doing security patching.

Jonathan Medel, Supervisor – Applications Engineering, is the point of contact for any issues.

T: 1.858.521.3447

M: 1.858.231.2038

The Airwatch App for Mobile Devices It’s MANDATORY on your company-issued smart phone

There are still employees that haven't downloaded the AirWatch App to their company-issued smart phones. Are you one of them?

What is AirWatch?

AirWatch is a Mobile Device Management (MDM) service that allows EDF to provide better security for smartphones, tablets, and most mobile devices that are used for work-related purposes. AirWatch was selected as the enterprise solution to manage mobile devices.

Why do we need the AirWatch service?

Mobile devices have become increasingly powerful tools, and their use in the work-place is increasing. As the differences between mobile devices and traditional computers drop we need to take similar steps to protect our devices and minimize the chances of a data breach. The AirWatch service allows us to do this.

What do I need to do?

Instructions for enrollment were sent to everyone with a company-issued phone. You can also find them here for Apple iOS devices and here for Android devices. It only takes a few minutes to install.
Visit the AirWatch page on ECRM for more information. If you have any problems with your install, contact the Service Desk for help.

Have You Completed Dayforce Training Yet?

If Not, There’s Still Time!!

Dayforce Training is available to all EDF Renewables employees and managers. The instructions and course list can be found by clicking HERE. All training should be completed by Friday, September 14th.

**At this time, this is the only training for employees/individual contributors.

MANAGERS are invited to participate in additional manager training webinars. These training webinars are optional and are intended to highlight process how-tos and allow time for Q&A. If you have not registered for one of the manager webinar training sessions (and would like to do so) please click on the registration link HERE. The dates/times are:

Training Type Date Time
Manager Training (English) Tues September 11th 6:00am – 7:00am PST
Manager Training (French) Wed September 12th 6:00am – 7:00am PST
Manager Training (English) Wed September 12th 2:30pm – 3:30pm PST
Manager Training (English) Thurs September 13th 1:00pm – 2:00pm PST

**Registration will close on Friday, September 7th at 12pm PST**

Upcoming Key Dates:

  • September 14th – Dayforce Training Completion Date.
  • September 17th – Dayforce goes live! All employees will begin utilizing Dayforce.
  • October 5th – First payday on Dayforce!

More information to come! Stay tuned!

Weekly Safety Message

Exercise for Health

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 Exercise for Health. 

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

Blackspring Ridge Wind Project Hosts Family BBQ

For stakeholders, employees and their families

On August 24, the co-owners EDF Renewables and Enbridge Inc. along with Vestas, hosted a family BBQ at the Blackspring Ridge Wind Project.

Stakeholders, employees and their families enjoyed a nice lunch followed by activities and games. Guests could try on personal protective equipment (PPE) and get a photo beside a Mammoet crane, build their own puzzle turbine and compete for the construction of the tallest, free standing newspaper turbine!

The 300MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project has been operational since May 2014 and with an investment of about $600 million, the project represents the largest investment in wind energy in Western Canada.

Ribbon Cutting for Distributed Solutions’ Delta Solar Project

24 MWp near Lansing Michigan

On August 29, the Distributed Solutions group celebrated the opening of Delta Solar, Michigan’s largest tracking solar array that will provide the state’s capital city and region with clean energy.

Representatives of CMS Energy, the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) and EDF Renewables announced the 24-megawatt, two-part project is now fully operational during an event with community leaders at the combined facility in Delta Township. Delta Solar provides enough power to serve up to 4,200 homes.

Delta Solar is located on about 200 acres in Delta Township in Eaton County. The project features over 86,000 solar panels that use modern single-axis tracking technology to follow the sun’s movement, capturing more energy than traditional fixed-tilt solar modules. The project was constructed using local skilled labor and provided over 100 jobs during construction.

For the full press release, click HERE.

San Diego Innovation Campus Phase 1 Expansion Complete

Find out where HR, O&M, and the PMO departments have moved.

Phase I of the expansion project is now complete which included moving HR to the suite in the front of building 15435, moving O&M Business Development to the SW corner on the 2nd floor and moving the PMO group over to the old HR area, which is now an extension of the IT department.

Click HERE for an updated seating floor plan.

Does Your Team Have a Story to Share?

Send your photos and text to The Wire!

The Wire is published every Thursday, and we would love to include items of interest from your team.

Below is our publication schedule. Send your stories including photos or graphics by Monday morning to valerie.mason@edf-re.com. Urgent content can be accepted up until Wednesday noon.

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Q3 Cybersecurity Training Reminder
Info & links for Inspired Learning

Upcoming Events

Texas Renewable Energy Summit

Sep 5-7 | Austin, TX

Offshore Wind Implementation

Sep 5-7 | Teaneck, NJ

Energy Storage in Canada

Sep 19-20 | Toronto, ON

NAEMA Fall Conference

Sep 19-21 | Denver, CO

Offshore Wind Executive Summit

Sep 24-25 | Houston, TX

Solar Power International

Sep 24-27 | Anaheim, CA

NCPA Annual Conference

Sep 26-28 | Monterey, CA

GCPA Annual Fall Conference

Oct 1-3 | Austin, TX

SED Renewable Energy Sourcing Forum – Fall

Oct 1-3 | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

IFMA World Workplace Conference & Expo

Oct 3-5 | Charlotte, NC

Renewable Energy Markets

Oct 9-11 | Houston, TX

EVs & the Grid

Oct 10-12 | Los Angeles, CA

Kansas Governor's Energy Conference

Oct 11-12 | Los Angeles, CA

Verge / REBA Summit

Oct 14-18 | Oakland, CA

Storage East

Oct 16-17 | Washington, DC

AWEA Offshore Wind Power Conference

Oct 16-17 | Washington, DC

Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference

Oct 17-18 | Lincoln, NE

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