1892 - Southern California Takes the Lead
Power generated at the "Pomona" hydroelectric plant in San Antonio Canyon was transmitted 28 miles to San Bernardino, CA at 10,000 Volts. A second line ran 14 miles to Pomona. The project was so daring that the Westinghouse Company refused to bid on supplying equipment for it. William Stanley, who owned a highly respected company in the field, said, "If they won't do it, we will!" His reputation carried so much weight that Westinghouse agreed, not only to supply the machinery, but to guarantee its performance as well. Electrical World called it "The most important electric power transmission plant yet undertaken in this country."