Weikko Wirta

Southland Operations and Maintenance Manager, Site Leader at AES Huntington Beach

Weikko Wirta is the Southland Operations and Mainte

nance Manager and Site leader at AES Huntington Beach.  Prior to his current role, Mr. Wirta was Plant Manager of AES Huntington Beach. He has also worked as a Project Manager with AES North American Engineering

Group, providing SAP and technological support.  Mr. Wirta joined AES in 1988 as a member of the AES Thames commissioning team.  He has also held positions as plant engineer and Boiler and Engineering Superintendent.

Previously, Mr. Wirta completed the General Dynamics Career Development Engineering Program and worked as a Machinist Supervisor at Electric Boat in Ct.

He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a licensed U.S. Merchant Marine Officer and Retired Naval Reserve Officer.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Orange County YMCA, where he is the Chair of the Facilities and Capital Committee, as well as a member of the Leadership Development Committee.


Eric Pendergraft

Director of Business Development

Mr. Pendergraft is responsible for AES's business development activities in California, which include our modernizations plans for Southland.  Prior to leading these efforts, he was the President for several years, and Plant Manager at AES Huntington Beach facility.

Eric joined in 1998 as part of the acquisition of AES Southland from Southern California Edison. He began his AES career as Project Manager at AES Alamitos generating station. He has also held positions as Control Room Team Leader at AES Alamitos, plant manager at AES Huntington Beach and Vice President of Regional Operations at AES Eletropaulo in Brazil.

Previously, Mr. Pendergraft held a number of different engineering and management positions at Southern California Edison.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is registered professional engineer in the State of California.


Stephen O'Kane

Director of Sustainability and Regulatory Compliance, AES US West

Stephen O'Kane is the Director of Sustainability and Regulatory Compliance for AES US West. He is responsible for the permitting and regulatory approval process for the AES Southland development projects and is leading the effort to ensure sustainable and environmentally responsible operations, while maintaining compliance with all environmental and electrical reliability regulations and standards.

Prior to joining AES he was a consultant to the power and energy industry for over 15 years working on projects for government, private industry and non-governmental organizations around the world. He holds a Master of Science degree and is an expert in environmental, air quality and energy related issues.