We fund energy education experts and those who can partner with them to engage Illinois residents
Our funding focuses on accomplishing our mission of furthering energy literacy and engagement. We encourage applications from creative non-profits capable of experimenting with new ways of reaching consumers, moving them from passivity about energy use to active engagement, interest, and changes in behavior.
The task of smart grid consumer engagement is layered–it can involve a range of approaches including leveraging trusted community relationships; education about demand response programs and benefits; promoting engagement through new technology tools and solutions; and creative visuals and graphics that communicate smart meter benefits through familiar language and concepts. We are particularly interested in engaging low-income and senior populations and programs the support the unique needs of these populations. Our funding priorities reflect what we’d like to see from organizations seeking funds.
For smart metering to be a success, consumers must be engaged before, during, and after their smart meter installation. Our funding supports these engagement nodes through two programs.