Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation 2017-09-14T19:47:06+00:00

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.


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Rural Strategies That Work – Highlights from BECC

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