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

Tilting at Windmills – and Winning

As part of our Surge Summit in September, ISEIF staff took the time to tour some local sustainable businesses. I got to go on the [...]

Insights from the 2016 Surge Summit

We just wrapped up a successful Surge Summit, where practitioners working at the intersection of education, residential energy, and behavioral strategies gathered to discuss this [...]

Have We Cracked the Code to the Energy Future? + Snakes on the Grid?

The utility business model is an important driver in making the energy system cleaner and more efficient. In what ways is the business model changing [...]

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