Through grantmaking, we’re working to create a more energy literate society that’s ready for the smart grid.

Our century-old power grid is upgrading to a smart grid. By 2020, most Illinois homes will have a smart electric meter. Our mission is to empower a community of organizations to make sure everyone understands smart meters and how to benefit from them.

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The smart grid is changing how people engage with energy.

New tools, behaviors, and attitudes need to accompany major electrical infrastructure upgrades. Our funding supports programs that empower the diversity of Illinois residents to become actively engaged in their energy usage.

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ISEIF is a unique model in the energy world.


We address the human and community sides of energy and the electric grid. Through the use of data and stories, we’re learning what it takes to get consumers energized about the smart grid.


From Our Blog

Enrolling in a demand response program could score you a manicure

Our Small Grants Program supports local organizations with deep community ties that don’t necessarily have expertise on smart meters or consumer energy topics. Garfield Park [...]

Finding people where they are

Our friends at Elevate Energy continually impress with their Adena Rivas of Elevate Energy offers a lunch and learn to Walmart employees creative [...]

Lessons from an early utility technology platform

This year's Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) conference brought together utility representatives, researchers, and energy consultants to exchange lessons learned from behavioral programs and pilots. [...]

Watch “Empowered: An Energy Story”

Empowered has played for over a million guests as part of the Shedd Aquarium’s aquatic show. Focusing on responsible energy use, the video highlights the many [...]

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