On November 7, 2013, at 7:31am., our dear friend and mentor, Barbara George passed away. She was founder & Executive Director of WEM. Barbara George was very effective in her work at the California Public Utilities Commission. We are all honored to have had the opportunity to get to know her. Those who wish to write a remembrance about Barbara, may submit it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEM's Current Issues
California’s “Community Choice” law, passed in 2002, allows any city, county, or group of cities & counties to choose alternative electricity providers — and run their own energy efficiency programs. Cities & Counties Go Green Together!! Community Choice is Energy Democracy
Clean Energy — NOW!
In CPUC’s 2006-07 procurement proceeding, WEM opposed PG&E’s request for 2300 MW of new gas fired power plants and proposed that all utilities use renewables and energy efficiency instead of fossil fuel and nuclear power. The Judge cut PG&E’s request to 800‑1100 MW, and told PG&E to use renewables instead of building more power plants.
WEM proposes to shut down California’s Nukes, replacing them with Energy Efficiency & Renewable Power
Alternative Procurement Plan »>
WEM's Nuclear Information
Read about WEM’s efforts to close the San Onofre Nuclear Power Facility:
Founder/Director of Womens Energy Matters describes her discoveries as a professional intervenor on behalf of the public interest at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), private utilities’ resistance to energy efficiency, conservation and clean energy technologies in a state that already has an excess of power – without nuclear reactors…
Videos & Press coverage
WEM’s Issues covered by local and other press organizations
- City Councils meetings on MCE
- CPUC meeting
- MEA meetings
- Nuclear issues
- WEM’s special reports
- News reports
On Climate Change
WEM is a public interest participant, advocating for more effective programs to increase energy savings
WEM proposed an Administrative Structure for Energy Efficiency like one in Texas which saved 40% more energy dollars than California’s current system.
WEM’s “Brief History” of a very significant CPUC proceeding that created independent EE programs run by cities, non-profits & small businesses.
Environmental Justice: Bayview Hunters Point
Power plants are almost all located in low-income, minority communities, causing serious health damage. WEM members in these communities are pushing for construction of clean energy systems with local jobs & economic benefits.
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Why does Womens’s Energy Matter?
Starting around the time of the American Revolution, new forms of energy fueled an industrial revolution, first in England, then in America and Europe. Previously, energy was based on biology and natural processes. Read more »>
WEM is a network of women & men who approach energy issues from a woman’s point of view. WEM celebrates the ways women have used their energy through the ages to work for the public good. See About WEM »>