Illinois Science and Energy Foundation
Planning & Strategy for a New Foundation
Foresight developed the foundational organizational strategy for the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), which was established by the Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2011 to educate residential consumers about the benefits of new, smart grid- enabled energy products and services. Research consisted of a deep review of consumer engagement strategies in more than 90 smart grid roll-out precedents, resulting in a set of recommendations for ISEIF’s grantmaking process, educational methodology, and long-term strategy. Following this planning effort, ISEIF awarded its first round of grant funding in late 2013 of over $4M, and will grow to be a $50M initiative.