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September 2021

“Other: Navigating work and the workplace when your experience is not the norm” follows our team through a journey of one-on-one conversations focused on the experiences of our fellow team members navigating the workplace from a variety of identities and lived experiences with the goal of helping us all to be better colleagues, allies, and to better serve our work.

August 2021

Utilities are looking for solutions to solve for a series of urgent problems: storms, extreme temperatures, and supply and demand imbalances. In this month’s case study, learn how ILLUME helped FOCUS ON ENERGY® discover energy efficiency measures that expand demand response benefits to support utility partner efforts in Wisconsin.

August 2021

In our latest episode of Current, ILLUME Co-Founders Anne Dougherty and Sara Conzemius reflect on the company’s 8th Anniversary as they talk through the dual mission of better serving the energy industry and better serving their employees. Listen in as they reminisce about the early days of the company and fast-forward to 2021 as Anne and Sara explain why the timing was right for an Advisory Board and why every company should have a People’s Champ.

August 2021

By leaning on the work of cities, utilities have an opportunity to quickly scale their decarbonization efforts. Cities like Tucson, Arizona are setting the table for change by thinking holistically about what a decarbonized future can look like. Find out how in our latest blog.

August 2021

Justice40 directs Federal agencies to work with states and local communities to ensure that at least 40 percent of the overall benefits from Federal investments in climate and clean energy go to disadvantaged communities. But defining disadvantaged communities remains a moving target. In our latest blog, ILLUME’s Mallika Jayaraman shares recommendations for engaging communities in an era of Justice40.

August 2021

“Other: Navigating work and the workplace when your experience is not the norm” follows our team through a journey of one-on-one conversations focused on the experiences of our fellow team members navigating the workplace from a variety of identities and lived experiences with the goal of helping us all to be better colleagues, allies, and to better serve our work.

July 2021

Today we revisit our 2020 magazine article, “Isolated but Innovative: Learning from Islands” where we feature U.S. islands where local utilities and governments, alongside residents and business owners, have developed novel approaches (including utility-scale battery storage) to ensure consistent access to clean and renewable power.

July 2021

Great article in Grist featuring the work of ILLUME’s Amanda Dwelley and Dr. Alex Dunn in support of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate Justice Working Group.

July 2021

Smart home device adoption is growing, as are the rising effects of climate change. Extreme temperatures may force utilities to rethink how they communicate the benefits of demand response programs to customers.

July 2021

As companies turn to hybrid modes of work, how will utilities manage demand if homes are never in “away” mode? In our latest blog, ILLUME Principal, Eileen Hannigan shares how heat pump water heaters could make a comeback as post-pandemic customer habits shift.

July 2021

In this month’s case study we explore ways that utilities can turn to heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) in search of deeper savings and expanded opportunities to leverage DR to support the grid during peak usage.

June 2021

ILLUME Advising is looking for a team member to serve as our People Champion. By championing our company wide DEI initiatives, spearheading our talent acquisition, and professional development efforts, the People Champion will help us live our value of taking good care of our team, supporting employee engagement and wellness, and cheer at work.

June 2021

ILLUME Director Pace Goodman speaks with Marketplace’s Scott Tong about demand response and why research is so important to communicating with customers who participate in smart thermostat programs that ask them to sacrifice for the good of the grid. 

June 2021

ILLUME Senior Consultant, Joe Kramer joins a panel of distinguished experts to discuss the role of anaerobic digestion as an alternative to landfilling during the webinar, “Diverting Food Waste from Landfills: US EPA’s New Technical Education & Analysis for Community Hauling and Anaerobic Digesters”.

June 2021

What can HVAC Installers and Distributors Teach our Industry about EV Adoption?

June 2021

What is the upside to replacing your trusted dial thermostat when the alternative is a complicated piece of digital equipment that even most of us in the industry have a hard time programming? Creating sexier, more compelling technologies cannot do it alone. To make sweeping change we need to work from the inside out, starting with a better understanding of ourselves.

June 2021

Equity and Emerging Tech in the Time of the Pandemic

May 2021

Reorienting toward equity, utilities are seeking ways to remedy disparities through income eligible (IE) offerings. Learn how we helped a Midwest utility client determine the level of energy savings necessary to reduce an income-eligible customer’s energy burden.

May 2021

How can organizations create cultures that enable employees to bring their full selves to the workplace? Listen to this podcast as we learn to think critically about how discussions that focus on race and gender are good for us, and can help us be better colleagues, and do better work.

May 2021

Join ILLUME’s Dr. Alex Dunn as she moderates, “Finding our way to Environmental Justice: Getting to a standardized definition for disadvantaged communities” at this year’s Efficiency Exchange Conference. Date: Wednesday, May 26. Time: 2:15-3:30p.

May 2021

Climate change and social and environmental injustice is inspiring all of us to become better energy citizens. But is our industry ready to take on the difficult work of centering communities?

May 2021

What workforce barriers do marginalized communities face when contributing to a clean energy future? In this week’s blog, ILLUME Principal, Eileen Hannigan explains why workforce development is not just about energy jobs, but energy agency.

May 2021

ILLUME is looking for a leader, driven to help us expand on our core mission: equitably transform the energy industry to the benefit of all communities through incisive research. If you are passionate about equity, and interested in helping the clean energy industry transform through empathic research and rigorous data science, this job is for you.

May 2021

In this new era of energy equity, utilities and program administrators have a generational opportunity to adopt a holistic approach that takes on energy affordability as a symptom of a larger condition.

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