Epic Sponsors WoWE Association
For ten years, Epic Land Solutions, Inc. has consistently grown from a small team in Torrance, California, to a mid-sized team with over 50 carefully-selected professionals staffing a total of four offices, including two additional offices in Southern California and another in Portland, Oregon. Similarly, the wind industry has also consistently grown during this past decade. According to a recent NY times article, “since 2002, the country’s installed base of wind turbines has jumped almost sevenfold, adding 39 percent more capacity since last year, and pulling the country within close range of being able to claim that 2 percent of its overall electricity comes from wind turbines.” Despite the state of the economy in recent years, the new millennium has witnessed tremendous growth for both Epic and the wind industry, and there is yet significant potential for more.
Epic’s “Wind” efforts are consistent with what is perhaps its company’s most defining mission statement; the commitment to work with clients in search of solutions for the public good. Coincidently, the very nature of wind energy itself, along with its tremendous potential to alleviate the exploitation of the Earth’s more finite natural resources, lends itself harmoniously to Epic’s own commitment towards a greener future. One can therefore conceive of an imaginable symphonic-like relationship between Epic and the wind industry, collaboratively in tune with the continuously emerging movements seeking to mitigate the gradual debilitation of our world’s ecological health. With this in mind, Epic is proactively increasing its participation within the emerging fields of alternative energy and is therefore enthusiastically providing Right of Way services to various green firms that are currently working towards creating a greener California, and in turn, a greener planet. There is now tremendous potential to catapult the emerging functionality of alternative energy into a now-foreseeable future. Much of what is now-possible, until more recently, has long existed mainly in the conceptualizing imaginations of those who have contemplated such a future. Epic is privileged to play a role in such promising endeavors, and with the direct help of its own experienced and highly professional Right of Way services and staff, it is prepared to deliver results.
Recently, as part of the concerted efforts to arrive at this more-tangible future, Epic became involved with the Women of Wind Energy, an organization comprising a segment of the Wind Industry Association. By working together, their collaboration represents a great opportunity to propel wind energy into a more dependable form of energy. Effectively, the fact that WoWE’s and Epic’s overall mission and values are strikingly similar only strengthens this opportunity further. On one hand, Women of Wind Energy, or WoWE (pronounced WOW-ee), founded in 2005, ensures that women can play a full, productive role in the development of wind power. WoWE's mission seeks to promote the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy. Similarly, Epic has long placed an emphasis on creating an environment that empowers its carefully chosen staff to achieve their full professional potential. Furthermore, Epic is distinctive, as is WoWE, for its emphasis on women leadership, as it is recognized as a Women Business Enterprise by the Supplier Clearinghouse for the Utility Suppler Diversity Program of the California Public Utilities Commission. Teaming-up with WoWE not only signifies the potential for collaboration on wind projects, it illustrates the extent to which two organizations can possess matching values while simultaneously pursuing the shared goals of the “windustry” (as it sometimes referred to).
Epic would like to extend its gratitude to WoWE for recently welcoming the Epic team into the San Diego Chapter, thereby extending the opportunity for Epic to have co-sponsored a recent WoWE event with the San Diego Port Authority. Compiled into two parts, the first part of the evening featured the hosting of a bus-guided tour by the Port Authority, including an exhibit thoroughly showcasing the various Wind components on dock such as the turbines and blades that were waiting to be exported. The second half of the evening was hosted by Epic at the chic downtown restaurant, Blue Print Café’, where hors d’oeuvres and wine were enjoyed by all WoWE and Epic members in attendance, including Epic’s very own Jim Overcamp and BJ Swanner, each of whom provided the audience with dynamic presentation on the importance of the Right of Way Agent in the Wind Industry. As with its relationship with WoWE, Epic is proud to be creating a larger national network for the advancement of the wind industry.
Ultimately, as a more-tangible future nears, Epic, along with organizations like WoWE, appear poised to take part in one of the most promising society-changing moments found within the current phase of American, and global history. Epic’s sense of purpose has never been greater.
Pictured in front of a segment of the new wind turbines L-R: Mike Harris, Agent; Debra Lundy, SR/WA, R/W-NAC, San Diego Regional Manager; BJ Swanner, GIS & Technology Manager; Jim Overcamp, SR/WA, Vice President; Sarah Theakston, Regional Business Development Coordinator; Ada Fernandez, R/W-RAC, Agent.