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

We collect a lot of data. What’s the point of it all?

Part 1 of our series on the role data plays in our grantmaking. Every quarter, our grantees report in and let us know how their [...]

A Tale of Two Toolkits

Recently we have come into possession of two toolkits designed to help shape messages about the smart grid for consumers.  One was created by the [...]

How not to ask ISEIF for money

For someone new to fundraising for a non-profit it is not at all obvious how to approach a foundation. Some of us at ISEIF have [...]

Stepford wives, R2D2, and the new smart home

This is the first of a new feature for the ISEIF blog. A chat between Clare & Uzma, lightly edited and transcribed. Enjoy: Clare:  Hey [...]

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