Since the Spring of 1997 Women’s Energy Mat­ters has been a strong and effec­tive voice for sus­tain­able energy poli­cies in Cal­i­for­nia.  Through state and local activism and as an inter­venor at the Cal­i­for­nia Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion WEM advo­cates for full phase-out of nuclear and fos­sil fuel energy sources and rapid tran­si­tion to renew­ables and energy efficiency.


Marin Clean Energy has launched the Bar­bara George Learn­ing Cen­ter at its new offices in San Rafael, Cal­i­for­nia.  Check out Marin Clean Energy’s web­site for details about the Cen­ter and infor­ma­tion on upcom­ing events.

Meaghan Doran, MCE Energy Efficiency Program Manager and Dahlya Habashi, Barbara George Learning Center intern

Meaghan Doran, MCE Energy Effi­ciency Pro­gram Man­ager and Dahlya Habashi, Bar­bara George Learn­ing Cen­ter intern

WEM's Current Issues

Community Choice

sausalitoCalifornia’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

Com­mu­nity Choice page

Basics of Marin Clean Energy

Marin Clean Energy/Marin Energy Author­ity website

Clean Energy — NOW!

CA Excess Energy Without NuclearIn 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 8001100 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

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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…

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Videos & Press coverage

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  • City Coun­cils  meet­ings on MCE
  • CPUC meet­ing
  • MEA meet­ings
  • Nuclear issues
  • WEM’s spe­cial reports
  • News reports

Energy Efficiency

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.

Energy Effi­ciency and Com­mu­nity Choice »>

Environmental Justice: Bayview Hunters Point

bvhpflyersmPower 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.

Caring Communities

Theresa Cole­man took cus­tody of her niece’s neglected chil­dren, but finan­cial aid has been hard to come by…” Read the series in Bay Citizen/New York Times »>

Why does Womens’s Energy Matter?

logoStart­ing 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 »>

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