Mr Lighthipe has a long and distinguished career in the electric utility and energy industry spanning thirty years. He has served the industry both as a corporate manager and as a consultant. His career began at Southern California Edison and included service in the areas of (1) power plant engineering, construction and operation, (2) nuclear engineering, (3) bulk power purchasing and (4) research, development and demonstration.
Mr. Lighthipe continued his corporate career at San Diego Gas & Electric as Manager of research and as Director of Product Development. His most notable achievement at SDG&E was the launch of two automated Meter-reading demonstrations when the AMR industry was still in its infancy.
Mr. Lighthipe was also responsible for the launch of a first of its kind residential based information and telemetry system. This SDG&E project was in conjunction with a major international telecommunications partner.
Rodney W. Lighthipe has served as our Treasurer and Secretary since May
2006. Prior to that time, Mr. Lighthipe served as an advisor to our board of
directors since April 2001. Mr. Lighthipe also served as our President from
September 2000 until his resignation in September 2001. Prior to that time, Mr.
Lighthipe served as Director of Research for San Diego Gas & Electric from 1992
until 1996 and was responsible for the development and deployment of new
technologies. Mr. Lighthipe was Research Manager for Southern California Edison
from 1980 to 1987 and organized an international consortium of companies for
the design, construction and operation of the world's largest coal gasification
plant. Mr. Lighthipe was also Power Contracts Manager for Southern California
Edison from 1974 until 1980 during which he opened new transmission paths
throughout the Western United States and Canada for the purchase and sale of
bulk electric power. Some of Mr. Lighthipe's major projects included the
installation of photovoltaics in remote areas and the launch of a "smart card"
project employing residential telephone systems. Mr. Lighthipe has also acted
as a consulting engineer in the energy and telecommunications industries and
served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.