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W Power Continues to Champion Women in Business by Sponsoring the 2019 SHE Influences Conference

March 8, 2019 – Fullerton, CA – W Power proudly sponsored this year’s SHE InfluencesTM Conference. SHE is an acronym for “speaks”, “hears” and “empowers”.  The SHE InfluencesTM Conference brings together some of North Orange County’s most successful and influential women to discuss business, leadership, personal and professional development.

This year’s Conference included presentations from women executives from throughout Orange County.  Topics included: “The Power of Gratitude”, “How Confident Women Reach Their Goals”, “Be the Change you Want to See in the World”, “Breaking Glass Ceilings…Women in STEM”, and “The New World of the Gig Economy”.   The Conference was hosted by the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, The Brea Chamber of Commerce and the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce and was attended by over 100 professional women.

“W Power is delighted to participate in and help bring these programs to North Orange County.  With our 20 year investment in Stanton, we plan on being a positive force for professional women in the region for years to come”, said Kara Miles, President of W Power.

W Power is a California certified woman-and-minority owned business enterprise (“WMBE”) focused on doing business in California’s energy industry. W Power develops, builds, owns and operates community energy reliability centers (CERC).

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W Power Breaks Ground on the Stanton Energy Reliability Center – A State-of-the-Art Hybrid Energy Storage and Production Facility

February 11, 2019 – Stanton, CA – “GOOD MORNING STANTON!”, said an elated Judi Dittmer, Chairwoman of W Power, to a large crowd at the site of what will soon be the Stanton Energy Reliability Center (SERC).  A number of speakers had an opportunity to share their thoughts and wish W Power well at this festive occasion including Stan Mayor David Shawvers, Theresa Harvey, the Chairwoman of the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Ernesto Medrano from the Los Angeles and Orange County Building Trades and Harold Dittmer, the President and CEO of Wellhead, who patented the EGT® hybrid technology being utilized.  Wellhead affiliates will also manage the construction, start-up and long-term operations and maintenance of the facility.

SERC will utilize a state-of-the-art hybrid technology developed and patented by Wellhead. Southern California Edison has upgraded a few of its facilities to utilize this technology and SERC will be the first new build of this technology.  “We believe that this is the technology of the future and will provide the bridge that California needs to a carbon free future,” stated Hal Dittmer, President and CEO of Wellhead.

“This has been a long journey over which we have built a wonderful partnership with the City of Stanton.  How fitting that we are breaking ground on one of the most modern and sophisticated energy reliability centers anywhere in the world on Thomas Edison’s Birthday”, commented Kara Miles, President of W Power.

SERC is slated to come on-line in time for the Summer of 2020.

W Power is a California certified woman-and-minority owned business enterprise (“WMBE”) focused on doing business in California’s energy industry. W Power develops, builds, owns and operates community energy reliability centers (CERC).SERC Groundbreaking

 

W Power on Hand in Stanton at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to Spread Holiday Cheer as it Readies the Stanton Energy Reliability Center to Start Construction in 2019.

December 7, 2018 – Stanton, CA – The mood was quite festive at Stanton’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  W Power has a lot to celebrate in the City of Stanton this year and was on hand to share in the Holiday Cheer as it passed out W Power Holiday Cookies.

W Power has been working closely with the City of Stanton for over 5 years now to develop the Stanton Energy Reliability Center, a state-of-the-art hybrid energy storage and generation project that will help secure the energy reliability of the North Orange County Region.  Final permits were received in November of this year and W Power plans on closing financing and commencing construction early in 2019.

“The City of Stanton has been a fantastic partner with which to develop this project.  W Power is excited to be in Stanton, today and for the years to come – this is truly a very special community”, said Kara Miles, President of W Power.

W Power is a California certified woman-and-minority owned business enterprise (“WMBE”) focused on doing business in California’s energy industry. W Power develops, builds, owns and operates community energy reliability centers (CERC).

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Kara Miles, President of W Power (right) and Julie Colgert (left) participated in the Stanton Holiday Festivities

 

W Power Demonstrates Strong Leadership and Community Commitment Through its Sponsorship of the North Orange County (NOC) Leadership Academy

November 15, 2018 – Fullerton, CA – A graduation ceremony recently celebrated completion for the NOC Leadership Academy Class of 2018. W Power provided key corporate sponsorship of the program presented by the North Orange County Chamber (NOCC).

The NOC Leadership Academy provides professionals with access to the centers of influence throughout the region and teaches them how to utilize these resources for the benefit of their businesses. The curriculum typically focuses on core areas throughout NOC. Individuals may choose to participate in the full certificate program or may purchase seminars individually, based on their interests and needs.

The yearlong program focused on topics such as Manufacturing, Public Health, Non-Profits, Tourism, Transportation, Government, Education, Energy, Public Works and Public Safety.

“W Power really enjoys participation in these types of programs that groom our future business and community leaders to be successful in their endeavors and give back to their communities”, said Kara Miles, President of W Power.

“We couldn’t provide a program as intensive as the Leadership Academy without partnership from the business community.  W Power has been a great partner in their support of the NOC Chamber of Commerce and more specifically their sponsorship of the Leadership Academy”, said Theresa Harvey, President of the NOCCC.

W Power is a California certified woman-and-minority owned business enterprise (“WMBE”) focused on doing business in California’s energy industry. W Power develops, builds, owns and operates community energy reliability centers (CERC).

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(The 2018 NOC LA Graduating Class)

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(W Power was a key Sponsor of this year’s Program)

 

California Energy Commission Closes the Evidentiary Record on Stanton Energy Reliability Center – Final Approvals Expected Later this Year

August 2, 2018 – Stanton, CA – The California Energy Commission held its Evidentiary Hearing in Stanton today, followed by a public comment session. The hearing was uneventful since W Power and the CEC Staff were in agreement on the Final Staff Assessment, which found that the Stanton Energy Reliability Center would not create any significant adverse impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

A public comment period was held at the end of the hearing where a number of elected officials, members of the building trades, and members of the general public expressed their support for the state-of-the-art energy reliability center.  “We are delighted to have achieved this significant milestone on this exciting project.  The support we have received from the City of Stanton and the greater North Orange County community has been amazing.  We look forward to receiving our final approvals, closing financing, and getting construction underway early in 2019,” stated Kara Miles, the President of W Power.

W Power is a California certified woman-and-minority owned business enterprise (“WMBE”) focused on doing business in California’s energy industry. W Power develops, builds, owns and operates community energy reliability centers (CERC).

 

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Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva addresses the California Energy Commission at the Evidentiary Hearing held on August 2, 2018 in Stanton, CA

 

Scholarships

W Power Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients

 

June 1, 2018 Sacramento, CA – W Power, a California based owner and operator of Community Energy Reliability Centers announced today the recipients of its annual college scholarship program. Students are selected who are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) studies; exhibit personal or community leadership; demonstrate financial need; and plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.

This year’s winners are:

Recipient High School Selected College College Major
Jessica Christine Anderson Delano High School, Delano Bakersfield College Aerospace Engineering
Hang Nguyen Magnolia High School, Stanton UC Irvine Biochemical Engineering
Titan Ngo Rancho Alamitos, Stanton UC San Diego Computer Science
       
       

“W Power has a strong culture of giving back to the communities in which we do business. As business leaders, we have an obligation to invest in future leaders. We are pleased to be able to assist these worthy high school seniors as they embark upon their college careers and become tomorrow’s leaders”, said Kara Miles – President of W Power. W Power is a California certified woman-and-minority owned business enterprise (“WMBE”) focused on doing business in California’s energy industry.  W Power develops, builds, owns and operates community energy reliability centers (CERC).

 

Stanton Energy Reliability Center Sails Through the CEC’s Preliminary Staff Assessment and Workshop

April 19, 2018 – Stanton, CA – The California Energy Commission published its Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) of W Power’s proposed Stanton Energy Reliability Center on March 30, 2018 and held a public workshop to review its findings on April 18th in Stanton California.  The PSA found that the project as proposed would not create any significant adverse impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).   Topics discussed at the workshop included: Biological Resources, Visual Resources, Traffic and Transportation, Noise and Vibration, Socioeconomics, Alternatives, Engineering Design, Project Description, Air Quality, Public Health and Environmental Justice.  A public comment period was held at the end of the workshop where only one comment was made, whereby a member of the public had some questions regarding Environmental Justice which were responded to by the State’s experts.  “We are very pleased to have achieved this significant milestone on this exciting project.  We continue to be humbled by the welcome we have received in the City of Stanton and the tremendous public support this project enjoys,” stated Kara Miles, the President of W power.

W Power is a California certified woman-and-minority owned business enterprise (“WMBE”) focused on doing business in California’s energy industry. W Power develops, builds, owns and operates community energy reliability centers (CERC).

 

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A Photo taken at the PSA Workshop in Stanton, CA on April 18, 2018

 

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Publishes the Preliminary Determination of Compliance for the Stanton Energy Reliability Center

February 9, 2018 – Diamond Bar, CA – The South Coast Air Quality Management District published the Preliminary Determination of Compliance (“PDOC”) today for the Stanton Energy Reliability Center (“SERC”). “This is significant step forward towards a cleaner and more reliable energy future for Southern California.  We are appreciative of the significant efforts put forth by the SCAQMD,” said Kara Miles, President of W Power.  W Power is a California certified woman-and-minority owned business enterprise (“WMBE”) focused on doing business in California’s energy industry. W Power develops, builds, owns and operates community energy reliability centers (“CERC”).

 

W Power Recognized by North Orange County Chamber of Commerce for Business Excellence and Leadership

June 23, 2017 – Fullerton, CA – In a large awards ceremony held this evening at the Fullerton Airport by the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, W Power received the 2017 North Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence and Leadership Award. W Power was recognized by the Chamber for its leadership in partnering with the City of Stanton on the Stanton Energy Reliability Center, creating a fund to sustainably support ongoing parks maintenance and creating a local scholarship fund for deserving high school seniors pursuing careers in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. Many elected officials were on hand for the awards ceremony and W Power received Certificates of Recognition from: US Congressman Ed Royce (39th district), State Senator Josh Newman (29th district), Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (65th district), The State Board of Equalization, The City of Stanton, The City of Fullerton, and the City of Placentia. W Power is a California certified woman-and-minority owned business enterprise (“WMBE”) focused on doing business in California’s energy industry. W Power develops, builds, owns and operates community energy reliability centers (CERC).

 

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Stanton Energy Reliability Center sees an outpouring of public support at the CEC’s Public Site Visit, Environmental Scoping Meeting, and Informational Hearing held on April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017 – Stanton, CA – The California Energy Commission held a Public Site Visit, Environmental Scoping Meeting and Informational Hearing for the Stanton Energy Reliability Center at the Stanton Community Center in Stanton California on April 17th, 2017. CEC Commissioner Janea A. Scott, and CEC Hearing Officer Kenneth Celli presided over the meeting. After a bus tour of the project, the meeting introduced the public to the CEC’s siting process and set forth the many ways the public could participate in the proceeding. Presentations were given by the CEC’s Hearing Officer, the CEC’s Project Manager, the CEC’s Public Advisor, and Stanton Energy Reliability Center, LLC. The meeting concluded with Public Comment, during which time there was a massive outpouring of support expressed for the project from local electeds, equipment suppliers, organized labor, and Stanton residents. Not a single negative comment was given. “Quite candidly, we are touched by the level of support the Station Energy Reliability Center is receiving form all stakeholders. We have put a great project together and people are very supportive,” said Kara Miles, President of Stanton Energy Reliability Center, LLC. Over 100 people attended the meeting. The complete transcript from the hearing can be found at: http://docketpublic.energy.ca.gov/PublicDocuments/16-AFC-01/TN217307_20170426T161234_Transcript_of_04172017_Public_Site_Visit_Environmental_Scoping.pdf