This event will provide an opportunity for Rancho Bernardo residents to learn more about Community Choice Energy (CCE) by hearing different perspectives on the topic. The goal of the presentation is to help members of our community make informed choices about Community Choice Energy.

Rancho Bernardo Community Council's Government Relations/Utilities Subcommittee and the Rancho Bernardo Planning Board's Regional Issues Subcommittee will hold a public presentation on Community Choice Energy on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Ed Brown Center in Rancho Bernardo Community Park (18448 West Bernardo Drive). Already in use by several California cities, Community Choice Energy would transfer the energy purchasing function from SDG&E to the city of San Diego. If adopted, San Diego would continue to use SDG&E's power grid and consumers would still receive their electric bills from SDG&E. The primary change would be that the city would decide which energy sources to buy, including more renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar.

Hosted in conjunction with the Rancho Bernardo Planning Board, this forum will feature energy policy advocates representing various sides of the Community Choice Energy discussion. The public is encouraged to attend the event which will include a 10-minute presentation from each energy policy advocate as well as an audience question-and-answer segment.

Event Presenters:


Mark Hughes, Climate Action Campaign
Mark Hughes is a mechanical engineer with 39 years of experience in the power generation industry. Hughes has worked for companies in the private sector as well as two investor-owned utilities: Kansas City Power and Light and the Southern Company. Following his retirement from Solar Turbines in 2012, Hughes began providing consulting services to the power industry. Climate Action Campaign is a climate watchdog organization whose mission is to "stop climate change and protect our quality of life."

Herman C. Collins, Owner/Proprietor, Collins Group
Herman Collins is a regional authority on community issues, economic and business development, diversity and outreach, public policy, and project management. Collins owns Collins Group, a strategic planning and government relations consulting firm. He served as Education Vice-Chair to the 2003 Recycled Water Task Force and currently serves on the Power Your Drive Advisory Committee. Collins was also Chief of Staff and Special Assistant for Economic Development to San Diego City Councilmember George Stevens and Executive Director of the San Diego Opportunities Industrialization Center.

Peder Norby, Award-Winning Sustainability Practitioner and Consultant
Peder Norby served on the San Diego County Planning Commission and was also Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) that drafted the "Renewable Energy Master Plan" for the County of San Diego. Norby and his wife received the Center for Sustainable Energy's 2007 Energy Excellence Award for the construction of their net zero energy home in Carlsbad. In addition to reducing their carbon footprint by 85%, the Norbys currently generate 100% of the net electricity required for their home and their two electric vehicles via rooftop Solar PV. Norby also served as a field trial driver with BMW North America, driving the BMW Mini-E and BMW ActiveE prototypes--logging a total of 130,000 miles in various electric vehicles.