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.
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.
Program Focus Areas
Trusted, highly localized messengers educate residents on demand management
Education catered to the needs of our most resilient populations: low-income and senior
Demand Response & Behavior Change
Inspiring behavior change and education in new ways
Design-oriented and engaging methods to integrate technology tools and usage data
Creative and compelling messaging and media strategies