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February 2023

In our newest blog post, ILLUME Senior Managing Consultant, Gita Subramony, writes about Groundhog Day and how climate change is altering the seasons in her hometown of New York City.

February 2023

Bahareh will be attending the NASEO Energy Policy Outlook Conference next week and is looking forward to connecting with NASEO members.

January 2023

ILLUME is hiring Consultants and Senior Consultants with expertise or experience in policy, energy efficiency, market research analytics, and/or energy program design and planning. If you are passionate about the intersection of data, energy, and the human experience, please apply today.

January 2023

I’ll be attending the MEEA Conference this year and would love to chat. Message me on LinkedIn or by email to connect!

January 2023

In tomorrow’s webinar, hear presentations that address a DOE-funded study by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and ILLUME Advising. Liz Kelley will share the study’s findings about how homeowners make decisions connected to home energy use and how this will inform future electrification opportunities and barriers for decarbonization across a variety of communities.

January 2023

Are you looking for the best job you’ve ever had? ILLUME is hiring, apply today.

January 2023

Disadvantaged communities face numerous barriers when accessing clean energy and climate adaptation services. To overcome these barriers, NYSERDA enlisted ILLUME to understand these barriers and transform them into opportunities. Read about our findings and recommendations in this case study.

January 2023

We’ll be at MEEA’s Midwest Energy Solutions Conference later this month. If you are interested in a potential partnership, job, or just want to say hello, we would love to chat with you.

January 2023

ILLUME is hiring Consultants or Senior Consultants with a focus on Data Science, Building Science, or Engineering. If this is the position for you or someone you know, click the link to apply today.

January 2023

Today we reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. He was a man of action that believed revolution is possible when we march hand-in-hand together.

January 2023

At ILLUME, we do not lean on expertise alone; we ground everything we do in knowledge generated within and outside ILLUME and our clients’ organizations. We share our process for this ground truthing strategy in this article from Volume IV of our Magazine.

January 2023

In response to the goals outlined in Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), ComEd is developing initiatives for workforce development, electrification, resiliency, and the renewable energy transition – and seeks to do so in a way that equitably addresses and works to correct historic environmental injustice. ComEd enlisted ILLUME to perform a study to inform both its implementation strategy of CEJA’s goals. This report summarizes the analysis, findings, and recommendations from the study.

January 2023

ILLUME is a small business that is highly collaborative and that places high value on allowing team members to pursue their professional growth while maintaining a work-life harmony. If this sounds interesting to you, please apply for one of our open positions.

January 2023

ILLUME is looking to hire a Proposal & Content Coordinator to be responsible for upholding the company’s best-in-class marketing and business development activities, and to elevate ILLUME’s work in alignment with our brand, Mission, Vision, and Values. If this sounds like you, apply today!

January 2023

In 2023 we are looking forward to 12 new chapters, and 365 new opportunities to grow. Let the learning begin. Happy New Year!

December 2022

As we prepare to ring in 2023, ILLUME offers the gift of vulnerability in hopes that we can all find the courage to embark on new adventures, connect with new people, and spark new passions in the new year. We share our recent blog post to encourage you to try something new in 2023!

December 2022

Are you looking for a change? Well, look no further, so are we! Apply for one of our available positions today. Let’s make changes together. Apply today.

December 2022

ILLUME’s offices are closed during this time to allow team members to spend this time with their loved ones. Our team is still busy completing important work for clients and can be reached by email if needed. Offices will be open again on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. We look forward to connecting with you then. Happy Holidays!

December 2022

Do you want to join the best team in the energy industry? Look no further, you have found us! #ILLUME is hiring for multiple positions. See if any of them are a good fit for you, #apply today.

December 2022

In this #blog, written by ILLUME Senior Analyst, Tabitha Munson, you can read about research ILLUME conducted to determine if Home Energy Reports (HERs) are still a useful behavioral energy efficiency program. We calculated the average energy savings for HER programs across recent evaluations, and compared energy savings across different factors such as fuel type, HER vendor, and the mode of report distribution (printed, emailed, or both) to explore if #HERs may be more effective under different circumstances.

December 2022

ILLUME is looking to fill a position for a Contracts and Procurement Manager who will be responsible for the implementation and compliance with all requirements of structuring, bidding, and processing legally binding documents between ILLUME and partners, subcontractors, and vendors. If this sounds like the role for you, apply today.

December 2022

There were two major obstacles that affected the outcome of the 2020 U.S Census; the COVID-19 pandemic and politics. In 2020 the Census estimates the Hispanic/Latinx, Black/African American, and Indigenous/Native American populations were undercounted at much higher rates than previous years. What does that mean for the energy industry? In our latest blog, Lisa LeBeau Obear shares her thoughts.

December 2022

We are looking to #hire someone to manage our proposal and content management processes. If you or someone you know might be interested in this position, we would love to chat. Click on the link to view the position and #apply today.

December 2022

As we consider how to engage nonparticipants in energy efficiency programming through the lens of equity, doing so is becoming more crucial. Barriers discovered across the following groups—renters, owners, property managers, and income-qualified customers—will be discussed in this white paper, which was presented at the 2022 IEPEC Conference.

December 2022

Do you thrive on structure, organization, and compliance? If you answered yes, the Contracts and Procurement position we are #hiring for might be just the #job for you! Let’s talk and see if it’s a good fit for both of us. #Apply today.

December 2022

Technology will be central to the Great Decarbonization. But technologies as we know them now? Perhaps and perhaps not. In this article from our newest Magazine we explore the not-so-common but promising technologies that may help us reach our climate change mitigation goals.

December 2022

Are you a Consultant that has experience in data science, building science, and/or engineering? If this is you, we would love to talk about you joining ILLUME. Please read the posting and apply today.

December 2022

Are Home Energy Reports (HERs) still an effective source of energy savings for residential customers? Drawing on statistical methods from biomedical research, ILLUME applied meta-analysis techniques to measure savings from HER programs to answer this question. Read about our findings in this case study.

December 2022

ILLUME is hiring a Contracts and Procurement Manager. If you want to join one of the best teams around and be part of our mission to equitable transform the energy industry this is your chance. Apply today!

December 2022

In this article from Volume IV of our Magazine, ILLUME Founder, Sara Conzemius, and Eric Arnold, Georgia Power’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program Implementation Manager, sat down to discuss their novel Home Energy Efficiency Assistance Program (HEEAP). Learn how one utility is amplifying the goodwill of community members to help neighbors in need.

December 2022

ILLUME Vice President, Eileen Hannigan, presented this white paper at the 2022 IEPEC conference this year. It will discuss two different approaches to water heater demand response. Read the white paper to see results from events conducted in both winter and summer.

November 2022

Utilities have a competitive advantage in offering new technologies to customers. In this ILLUME case study, we share tips to identify new technology value propositions and share a systematic approach to understand the market.

November 2022

Our team is growing! Do you want to come grow with us? ILLUME is hiring for multiple positions. Check here to see if there is something that would be a good fit for you.

November 2022

How can we help businesses in the Southeast realize the benefits of energy efficient lighting, and take advantage of the remaining potential even as lighting markets are changing? Read our recommendations in this white paper presented by ILLUME Director, Lisa LeBeau Obear at the 2022 IEPEC conference.

November 2022

Today we are so grateful for a team that continues to grow. We are excited to introduce you to our new team members. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome. If you’re interested in joining our growing team, click here to see our open positions.

November 2022

We are looking for a Proposal and Content Coordinator to join ILLUME’s Business Development Team. If technical writing and organization is your passion, this could be a great partnership! Apply today.

November 2022

In this article from our newest Magazine, join ILLUME’s Co-Founder, Anne Dougherty, in a conversation with Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) customer experience team to learn how they are using the Forrester Research definition of customer experience to put some discipline around the art of customer satisfaction.

November 2022

Determined to find better ways to connect with underserved customers in the Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Latine communities, a utility company hired ILLUME to help them understand the best approaches towards understanding customer attitudes towards energy efficiency equipment, programs, and offers. Read the case study to find out how.

November 2022

Are you someone who would like to pursue your professional interests while having work-life harmony? If your answer is yes, we would like to talk with you about joining the ILLUME Team. Check our website to see what positions we are looking to fill.

November 2022

Are you attending BECC this week? We are excited to share our team’s presentations with everyone and hope to connect with you during the conference. If you’re interested in learning more about ILLUME, what we’re hiring for, or our portfolio of work, we would love to meet you. See you in Washington, DC.

November 2022

A groundswell of energy equity and justice legislation contain guidelines for more equitable processes and outcomes. What are states considering in their equity frameworks? Read this article from ILLUME’s newest magazine to find out.

November 2022

ILLUME is looking to hire a Contracts and Procurement Manager. Do you love nerding out on contracts, agreements, and legally binding documents? Then this might be the job for you and we would love to talk! Apply here today.

November 2022

🗳️✅ ILLUME offices are closed today so team members have an opportunity to vote, we know every vote counts! Click here to make a plan and research your ballot before you stop by the polls today.

November 2022

As regulators demand more benefits from clean energy investments go to disadvantaged and low-to-moderate income communities, program administrators need to increasingly rely on different analyses and metrics to determine how to alleviate energy burden. Here’s how ILLUME used data to model energy burden in different scenarios to support our clients in strategy and planning.

November 2022

In celebration of ILLUME’s ninth anniversary, Co-Founders, Anne Dougherty and Sara Conzemius, reflect on nearly a decade of work in energy in this episode of Current. They share lessons learned and hint at what’s next for ILLUME.

November 2022

ILLUME is looking for a Proposal and Content Coordinator to join the Marketing and Business Development team. Are you interested in learning more? Apply today!

October 2022

Are you attending IEPEC this week? We are excited to share our team’s presentations with everyone and hope to connect with you during the conference. We invite you to stop by our table to learn more about ILLUME and our portfolio of work. See you in San Diego!

October 2022

As U.S. automobile manufacturers prepare for an all-electric future, we can’t help but ask the question: are domestic battery companies positioned to meet our needs? In this article from our second magazine, we interview EnerDel to help us answer these questions.

October 2022

ILLUME is looking for a Managing Consultant or Senior Managing Consultant to join our team. This person will lead projects with an emphasis on impact evaluations, research, development, and strategic consulting on building technologies, emerging technologies, data science tools, and decarbonization in buildings and transportation. If this is you, apply today.

October 2022

Deidre Sanders and Allison Carlson from ILLUME will be joining MEEA and other thought leaders for a webinar this Thursday. They will discuss how we understand energy equity, how we measure it, and how to incorporate it into our planning and decision making going forward. Please click the link to register.

October 2022

We’re proud to announce the digital launch of “The Great Decarbonization.” Volume IV of the ILLUME Magazine is an inspirational collection of articles, interviews, and ideas that we believe have the power to shift our industry from a resiliency-building mindset to a capacity-building one. We invite you to explore the articles within this edition and be inspired to decarbonize our future. Download your copy now.

October 2022

The West Coast gets a lot of attention when it comes to beneficial electrification, but other parts of the country are making important strides to move away from carbon-generated electricity.

October 2022

In this white paper presented at the ACEEE Summer Study 2022 Conference, the authors explore three case studies conducted with three utilities and organizations testing emerging commercial equipment. Read more here.

October 2022

Are you a leader or manager who likes to be innovative and think outside of the box? Do you feel passionate about energy efficiency, climate change, and environmental justice? If you answered yes, we would love to talk to you about your future! ILLUME is hiring, apply today.

October 2022

What barriers and opportunities exist for teams working in R&D, emerging technology, and pilot programs? Read our newest blog to see our recommendations and considerations for enabling emerging technology efforts.

October 2022

In the spirit of Indigenous Peoples’ Day we share this webinar from 2020, Tribal Energy Resilience. In this webinar we speak with Dr. Suzanne Singer and Dr. Len Necefer to discuss the state of energy resources on tribal lands.

October 2022

Rooting out bias requires intention. In this article from last year’s magazine, Energy Citizenship, we explore a framework to shift commonly-used phrases from harmful framing to more dignifying language. #ILLUMEMagazine #EnergyCitizenship

October 2022

We’re excited to share this white paper that was presented at the 2022 ACEEE Summer Study Conference by ILLUME Director, Liz Kelley. In this paper we talk about how important it is to conduct research in languages other than English.

October 2022

ILLUME places a high value on creating an equitable environment that allows individuals to pursue their professional interests and have work-life harmony. If this sounds like a team you want to join, we would love to talk with you. We are hiring for multiple positions. Apply today.

October 2022

As the digital world continues to transform and shape our daily lives, it’s critical for leaders in energy, education, and human services to be aware that not everyone can stay connected when it’s most needed. In our 2020 webinar series, ILLUME featured speakers from across these industries to explore connectivity solutions and what is needed to build equity.

October 2022

Don’t let your anxiety about rate reform cause you to act in a heavy-handed way – take time to make a strategy and test it. We are revisiting an article from ILLUME’s first magazine to re-share insights learned from advising utility clients on rate communications strategy, design, and evaluation efforts.

October 2022

ILLUME team members Anne Dougherty, Deidre Sanders, and Amanda Maass teamed up with KIGT CEO & Co-Founder, Paul Francis for this article written for AESP’s Energy Intel Magazine. Read it here.

October 2022

Are you passionate about research and an exceptional project manager familiar with navigating the energy industry? If you answered yes, then there’s an opportunity for you to pursue your interests and boost your career as our Managing Consultant of Equity Metrics. Join ILLUME and support our growing equity in energy research portfolio of work.

September 2022

Employee wellness continues to be top of mind when on the hunt for a new job. We revisit this podcast with ILLUME’s Founder and People Champion. They take on the huge subject of “Taking Good Care.” This is one example of why you should come join our team.

September 2022

If you missed the ACEEE Summer Study Conference last month you missed some good stuff! We’re happy to share this white paper in which ILLUME Senior Analyst, Tabitha Munson and her co-authors explore behavioral programs coming of age.

September 2022

In this article from our very first magazine, we explore go-to research approaches to help utilities uncover new markets and expand program offerings. Whether it’s DERs, AMI, the Internet of Things, or smart home devices, the energy industry is being forced to adapt and find ways to innovate within increasingly outdated frameworks.

September 2022

Are you ILLUME’s newest graphic designer? We are currently looking to hire a part-time graphic designer and production assistant. If this is for you let’s chat!

September 2022

We revisit this webinar from last year when we discuss EV adoption with emerging technology experts and members of the ILLUME team. We ask important questions around communicating the benefits of EVs, laying the groundwork for EV charging, and finding ways to partner with cities and stakeholders to meet aggressive climate goals.

September 2022

Join the ILLUME-iverse! ILLUME is now hiring for Analysts, Senior Analysts, Consultants, and Senior Consultants. Apply today!

September 2022

ILLUME is a proud sponsor of Switch 2022 put on by the AESP Wisconsin Chapter. There are still sponsor opportunities so join the smarties today!

September 2022

Distributed energy resources (DERs) are putting customers back in the driver’s seat. In this article from our very first magazine, we show five ways we can meet customer needs while balancing the needs of the grid.

September 2022

As conversations about beneficial continue, we look back on this interview with Kathy Kuntz from ILLUME’s second magazine. We get to the heart of some of the key themes that still resonate today.

September 2022

The ILLUME team is growing and we want you to grow with us! If you are looking for a position with a flexible schedule, rewarding work, and an amazing team apply today. We are looking to fill multiple positions.

September 2022

When thinking about EVs, range anxiety continues to be one of the main concerns for adoption. Is adding more chargers the solution? ILLUME led research to evaluate and understand the market impact of National Grid’s EV charging incentive program in 2020. Read our findings in this case study from last year.

August 2022

When it comes to energy efficiency, context is everything. In this article from our first magazine, learn how ILLUME used in-home and in-business ethnographic research to help Georgia Power explore how social and local culture impacts residents’ perceptions of light, home, and comfort.

August 2022

ILLUME is looking to hire a part-time graphic designer and production assistant. If you are creative and looking for a new opportunity, apply today!

August 2022

As folks continue to consider heat pump water heater adoption as a source of energy efficiency and savings, we look back on this case study from last year. Read how ILLUME found valuable learnings about the customer experience in our evaluation of a pilot to assess the magnitude of demand impacts and energy savings from water heater-based demand response (DR).

August 2022

As our homes get smarter and the conversations about DR program participation continues, we revisit this article from our second magazine. We show how utilities can offer ways to meet customer expectations and provide seamless participation in DR programs. Here are some technologies offering load management opportunities. 

August 2022

ILLUME is looking to hire a Managing Consultant or Senior Managing Consultant will be responsible for leading projects end-to-end with an emphasis on ILLUME’s equity research and impacts studies and consulting. If this is you, we would love to talk with you. If you know of someone that would be perfect for this role, please feel free to share.

August 2022

If you are attending ACEEE Summer Study this year, don’t forget to catch Jes Rivas on Wednesday as she speaks about the impact of ignoring behavior in technological innovation. You can also catch her informal session on Thursday, 8/25. You do not want to miss it.

August 2022

ILLUME Director, Dr. Elizabeth Kelley will be presenting this Tuesday and Friday at the ACEEE Summer Study Conference. We hope to see you there!

August 2022

Join ILLUME’s own Laura Schauer and Dr. Elizabeth Kelley as they present for AESP. They’ll discuss how to identify key program design and implementation strategies to equitably reach and serve ALL communities and customers.

August 2022

If you are attending the ACEEE Summer Study Conference this week make sure to catch ILLUME’s Tabitha Munson as she speaks about behavioral programs coming of age. We hope to see you there.

August 2022

If you’re attending ACEEE Summer Study this week make sure to see Riana Johnson as she talks about designing more effective and creative interventions for evaluating workforce programs.

August 2022

As the scorching temperatures of summer take their toll on all of us, we reflect back on this blog from last year. How can utilities and cities work together to make their communities and customers more comfortable as we live through extreme weather conditions?

August 2022

What go-to-market models are needed to drive adoption of DERs and maximize their grid benefits? Read this article from V2of our magazine to see how smart thermostats are providing important learnings for scaling DER adoption and increasing program participation.

August 2022

At ILLUME Advising, LLC we strive to create forward-looking benefits that are equitable across titles, gender, and seniority.

August 2022

In this podcast Founder Anne Dougherty, talks with Vice President, Laura Schauer, to discuss ways in which utilities are becoming more customer-centric as they seek to add value to the customer experience. This conversation is a follow up to Laura’s blog, Why the Future of Utilities Is All About Adding Value to Customer Experience, published in collaboration with Salesforce. You can find the link to the blog in the comments.

August 2022

ILLUME is proud to support KIGT by conducting a case study of opportunities and barriers to equitable infrastructure investment through the lens of KIGT’ s experience building and installing electric vehicle charging equipment.

August 2022

ILLUME is looking to hire a part-time Graphic Design and Production Assistant who can work within established brand guidelines while still being innovative and pushing the boundaries across different platforms. If this is you, apply to join our team today!

August 2022

In volume two of this blog series, People Champion, Yasmeen Chánes sits down with Senior Managing Consultant, Allison Carlson to talk about her second journey with ILLUME and her professional advice for navigating your career.

August 2022

We cannot reach ambitious climate goals without greater customer participation, but customers who need energy efficiency programs are often the least likely to participate. How do we identify the needs of customers who are not engaging with energy efficiency programs? ILLUME interviewed customers to help Massachusetts Program Administrators answer that question. Click the link to find out what we learned.

August 2022

Climate change leads to more frequent and destructive extreme weather events that nearly always result in the same outcome: power failures. How do utilities stand up and restore value and customer confidence in a time of persistent climate shocks? Read our 2021 case study that still remains relevant today.

August 2022

Salary is one part of a compensation package, but money can’t buy you time and engagement.

July 2022

To help us move forward, energy program evaluation has to continue to evolve along with everything else — in a way that is productive and valuable, not limiting or punitive. But for emerging pilot initiatives, evaluation can also play a strong research and information support role. We talk about how in this magazine article from ILLUME’s very first magazine that still remains as relevant today as when we first published it.

July 2022

As our team prepares to speak at the BECC Conference again this November, we look back at this blog written by Managing Consultant, Riana Johnson. She shares her 2018 BECC presentation on how machine learning and ethnography can work together to find deeper, more contextual connections in the data.

July 2022

ILLUME is looking to hire an Evaluation and Research Managing Consultant/Senior Managing Consultant. Are you a passionate and seasoned project manager of program evaluations and desire to work for an organization that is boldly leading the industry forward to decarbonization? Apply today and help us with the Great Decarbonization!

July 2022

ILLUME Senior Managing Director, Dr. Deidre Sanders will be participating in the first ever Blacks in Green (BIG) Black Energy Justice Retreat. The event will bring together renowned energy justice experts with 100 Black community-based organizations from within Illinois with the goal to end energy poverty. Apply today and join Deidre at the Black Energy Justice Retreat.

July 2022

How can utilities bring new technologies to customers and create a more positive customer experience? Read one of our 2021 case studies to learn how ILLUME provided a client visibility into the customer’s journey – from the initial point of interest to the adoption – to create an improved and integrated new technology adoption experience.

July 2022

📣 Calling all community-based organizations and individuals in New York State’s disadvantaged communities! Do you want to play an active role in helping NYSERDA advance the transition to a just, clean energy future? Get paid to help NYSERDA shape a clean energy future. Last date to apply is August 17th!

July 2022

ILLUME is looking for a Managing Consultant or Senior Managing Consultant that will be responsible for leading ILLUME’s projects end-to-end with an emphasis on ILLUME’s equity research and impacts studies and consulting. If this is you we would love to talk to you about joining our team. Apply here today.

July 2022

We will be speaking at the BECC conference this year! Will you be attending BECC this November? We would love to connect with you, register today! See you in DC this November. #ILLUMEatBECC #BECC2022

July 2022

Stable, reliable access to power is taken for granted on the mainland U.S., but island life tells a very different story. In this article from our 2020 magazine, we invite you to take a tour of three U.S. islands that have deployed technologies to create resiliency in the face of catastrophe.

July 2022

Join ILLUME’s own Laura Schauer and Dr. Elizabeth Kelley at AESP Institute as they discuss the importance and policy objectives of focusing programs and initiatives on underserved customers.

July 2022

ILLUME continues to grow and we are looking for an Engineering/Building Science Managing Consultant or Senior Managing Consultant. Are you a passionate and strong project manager with a desire to work for an organization that is boldly leading the clean energy industry forward towards decarbonization? Apply today and help us reduce our carbon impact together.

July 2022

Congrats to ILLUME Principal, Jes Rivas who has recently been added to the IEPEC Planning Committee! This is such a great opportunity for you and we know you’ll do great things.

July 2022

As the need for demand mitigation continues to increase, we look back on this case study where we show how we helped Focus on Energy discover energy efficiency measures that expand demand response benefits to support utility partner efforts.

July 2022

ILLUME Founder, Anne Dougherty, sits down with ILLUME evaluation experts Lisa LeBeau Obear and Pace Goodman to reflect on major changes in the energy industry and in our world, and how the definition of resiliency is continuously changing and is now taking on an expanded meaning.

July 2022

ILLUME is currently looking for a Managing Consultant or Senior Managing Consultant to lead our program evaluations. If this sounds like you, send us a message, we would love to talk to you. You can apply here today. #evaluation #evaluationprograms #energy

June 2022

ILLUME has been leading research and analytics to understand disparities, define equity, and translate policy into measurable outcomes. We revisit this webinar from last year as ILLUME’s researchers talk about how we go about this important work.

June 2022

Looking back on our 2020 magazine, we talked about how smart thermostats are providing important learnings for scaling DER adoption and increasing program participation.

June 2022

ILLUME is looking to hire Managing Consultants that specialize in Equity Research and Impact Studies, and Engineering and Building Science. If this is you, we would love to talk with you! Apply here.

June 2022

What makes people tick and how do we influence behavior change? In our newest blog post, ILLUME Founder, Anne Dougherty talks to Director, Dr. Alex Dunn, about how her expertise in cognitive science and linguistics are critical to understanding people and how to motivate behavior change in a way that saves energy.

June 2022

ILLUME is proud to partner with ComEd to explore the barriers that disadvantaged and environmental justice communities face in equitably receiving services in the state of Illinois.

June 2022

We reflect back on this great podcast about company culture and why company’s should not only allow, but encourage and enable employees to bring their full selves to the workplace. Such a great conversation between University of Arizona Professors, Dr. Stephanie Troutman Robbins and Dr. Eric Plemons.

June 2022

Our team is constantly learning and expanding. Come grow with us! Apply for one of our open positions today.

June 2022

In this podcast, ILLUME Senior Consultant, Riana Johnson has a conversation with sociologist Dr. Erin Heinz about her research on urban planning and climate policies. She paints an optimistic picture for meeting our climate goals through encouraging public participation and shifting our metrics to measure what matters to society.

June 2022

Please help us congratulate ILLUME Director, Lisa LeBeau Obear on being newly appointed as a board member for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).

June 2022

ILLUME is #hiring. Know anyone who might be interested in joining our team of forward-thinking consultants interested in co-creating a sustainable world through social science-informed research and evaluation? Click here to join the ILLUMIVERSE!!!

June 2022

In last year’s magazine we talk about how rallying around aggressive carbon reduction goals means big changes. In this piece we share how to let go of the familiar and embrace change.

June 2022

In the spirit of Pride Month we highlight this podcast where ILLUME-ies talk about their experience as members of the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace.

June 2022

How do states define environmental justice, climate justice, and disadvantaged or vulnerable communities? We’ve compiled a list here and you can help us keep it up-to-date.

June 2022

Today we highlight a podcast with ILLUME Analyst, Arianna Zrzavy. In this podcast she talks about how environmental justice screening tools can be used to better support historically disadvantaged communities.

June 2022

Join the ILLUME-IVERSE! We are looking for Analysts, Consultants, and Managing Consultants with a focus on Impact and Equity. Apply today, spread the word.

May 2022

In 2021, ILLUME conducted research to help a southeastern utility understand customers’ experiences with under-subscribed solar offers and to understand how best to serve customers through renewables. Read this case study to find out what we learned.

May 2022

Looking back on Volume I of ILLUME’s magazine, here are six things you should know about Generation Z. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

May 2022

Are beneficial electrification efforts being designed to serve everyone equally? You can read our findings in this article from ILLUME’s 2019 magazine.

May 2022

As we look back at our interview with Kathy Kuntz from Volume II of our magazine, we get to the heart of some of the key themes and tensions around beneficial electrification.

May 2022

We expect contractors to be the experts when it comes to adoption of new equipment and programs, but are we providing the tools for contractors to be successful? In our latest blog we explain why contractor support and training is more important now than ever.

May 2022

How does a utility, operating across multiple verticals, create an intelligence platform for decision making? ILLUME wrangled program, Census, demographic, and tax assessor data and appended it to CenterPoint’s consumption data to create a customized and nimble dashboard for its team to answer their program and strategy questions with interactive data visualizations.

May 2022

As we reflect back on our 2019 magazine, the work to understand customers with limited English proficiency continues. This article will show how our data-viz team uncovers patterns and clusters of information using GIS tools to inform program participation and reduce adoption barriers.

May 2022

What actions are required to ready our most vulnerable communities for climate change and it’s health impacts? We provide answers in this article.

May 2022

In this episode of Current, Mike Li speaks with the Steve Cowell, President of E4TheFuture about the Infrastructure Bill, and its impact on helping the country transition to a clean energy economy.

May 2022

Do you feel like running a full-scale pilot is too much (too soon), and yet you’re still not sure which research method is best suited for the task? This article can help.

April 2022

In our most recent blog post, Analyst, Tabitha Munson and Managing Consultant, Kimberly Jaeger Johnson, talk about the work ILLUME is doing to learn how we can better serve customers that speak limited English.

April 2022

Are you going to be underwater or sweating it out? We break down data from the ND-GAIN Urban Adaptation Assessment to map how five U.S. cities are preparing for climate change.

April 2022

Electric vehicles made their debut during the era of the horse and buggy! In honor of more than a century of EVs, we dug into automobile archives in search of forgotten history.

April 2022

ILLUME was contracted by a regional utility to conduct a customer segmentation study that coupled demographic data with satisfaction and engagement behaviors across multiple programs and business functions. Read the case study to find out what we did and what we found.

April 2022

As EV sales increase over the years, reach anxiety continues to be a barrier for those considering an EV purchase. In this article, we talk about EV affordability as cities and states pursue aggressive climate mandates.

April 2022

A throw-back to how we kicked off our 2020 magazine, Ingenuity and Resilience. We frame two truths that we must contend with to design the policies, programs, and interventions necessary to ready our communities for climate change.

April 2022

In this episode of Current, Senior Managing Director of Energy Equity, Research, and Impacts, Dr. Deidre Sanders talks to Paula Glover, President of the Alliance to Save Energy about her role in energy efficiency and what we have done and need to continue to do to work towards a more equitable energy future.

April 2022

In this new blog, Yasmeen Chanes, ILLUME’s People Champion explains how she came to join ILLUME and what she hopes to accomplish while she’s here. This is the first blog in a new series that will look at some of our team members at ILLUME to learn how they got here, what impact they hope to leave, and what they would tell their younger selves if they had to do the journey all over.

April 2022

Addressing inequality requires that we test our own assumptions. Our data-viz team uncovers patterns and clusters of information using GIS tools to inform program participation and reduce adoption barriers.

April 2022

Do you want to join the ILLUME team? We are hiring!

April 2022

The voice of the customer is front and center in this illustrated piece as we accompany customers and retailers (virtually) on a shopping trip to understand one simple task: How to purchase a light bulb. Illustrations by ILLUME Senior Consultant, Riana Johnson.

April 2022

In this article from our first magazine, we take a closer look at how utilities can best position themselves to define their value to stay on course with customers. Keep an eye out for Volume 4, coming soon.

April 2022

As we prepare for the release of Volume 4 of ILLUME’s magazine, we reflect on this article from Volume 1. Utility driven marketplaces show promise for expanding revenue streams. But how can utilities meet growing customer expectations for fulfillment, communications, and service that are the hallmark of the Amazon model?

March 2022

Recently, ILLUME hosted a huddle with people from state agencies and utilities to discuss opportunities to maximize the funds that they will get from IIJA. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.

March 2022

In our most recent case study, read how ILLUME explores how integrated controls foster beneficial electrification and what contractors and residents need to adopt these technologies.

March 2022

In our latest blog, ILLUME Director, Amanda Dwelley, and Analyst, Arianna Zrzavy talk about how states are taking different approaches to identify and define Environmental Justice and Climate Justice Communities. Read more about what tools are being used and what data is being considered when making these decisions.

March 2022

Listen to our most recent podcast as ILLUME Founder, Anne Dougherty talks with ILLUME Analyst, Arianna Zrzavy about Environmental Justice (EJ) and how EJ screening tools can be used to support communities and policy-makers in better serving historically disadvantaged or marginalized communities.

February 2022

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Deidre Sanders has joined ILLUME as our new Senior Managing Director of Energy Equity, Research & Impacts. In this role, Dr. Sanders provides thought leadership and subject matter expertise in qualitative and quantitative approaches to addressing issues related to equity and diversity in the energy sector.

February 2022

Have you ever wished you were a member of the ILLUME-i-nation? We are looking for a Manager of Marketing and Storytelling responsible for upholding ILLUME’s best-in-class business-to-business marketing and to help us elevate ILLUME’s work and alignment with our brand, Mission, Vision, and Values.

February 2022

“Environmental history and Black history are intertwined.” This article highlights some key facts and terms related to our environmental and Black history, future, and present!

February 2022

Let’s thank the citizens of Nashville by giving back. Please join AESP and ILLUME in supporting the United Way of Greater Nashville.

February 2022

If you’re attending AESP this year, help us give to Nashville families in need by donating to the United Way of Greater Nashville. Every little bit counts!

February 2022

“Black History Month shouldn’t be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington or from some of our sports heroes,” Obama said.

February 2022

We are proud to share ILLUME Analyst Arianna Zrzavy’s featured article in the Environmental Law Institute! Her article discusses how disparate environmental burdens can be addressed using environmental Justice (EJ) screening tools.

February 2022

Support the local community while at AESP! Please join AESP and ILLUME in supporting the United Way of Greater Nashville and Nashville’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

February 2022

Participatory design can help utilities gather input from a wide range of stakeholders before offerings hit the market. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

February 2022

Two years later, the challenges of 2020 continue. Here, ILLUME reflects on the timeline of three crises in a truly unprecedented year.

January 2022

Rather than treating the pandemic as an outlier, states should look to the pandemic as a dry run for devastating, and costly, future climate disasters.

January 2022

The year 2020 was marked by disasters. In this article, we look back at history as we reflect on past environmental disasters and the major changes in policy that followed.

January 2022

We were so thrilled to have been nominated as an “Outstanding LARGE Business” in the Marketplace Wisconsin 40th Anniversary Business Awards. Can you believe it? And even more thrilled to be runner up.

January 2022

ILLUME sits down with Visceral Change’s Sherard Robbins to talk candidly about diversity, equity, and inclusion and reflect on the hard truths of the last few years.

January 2022

As the pandemic continues, public health is elevated back into the national conversation. How will utilities continue to value, reframe, and extol the many measurable public health and safety benefits of our industry after COVID-19 recedes?

January 2022

Our nation, and our organizations, are contending with failed equity policies. To remedy historic and structural wrongs, we need a roadmap.

January 2022

Asking would-be participants to navigate offerings in a language that is not their own is like getting invited to a dinner party where you don’t feel welcome. So how do we ensure our translations are more inviting?

December 2021

Rooting out bias from our industry’s lexicon requires intention. Here we explore a framework to shift commonly used phrases from harmful framing to more dignifying language.

December 2021

In this article we take a closer look at ways utilities and the private sector are being called upon to generate smart, pro-social, and more forward-thinking business and policy strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

December 2021

As U.S. automobile manufacturers prepare for an all-electric future, we can’t help but ask the question: are domestic battery companies positioned to meet our needs?

December 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?

December 2021

ILLUME is hiring! Click here to see what new positions are available in the Tucson area.

December 2021

ILLUME conducted one of the largest nonparticipant studies in Massachusetts. Here’s what we learned about those we are missing in our programs and services.

December 2021

The Biden administration is bringing coherence to the EV landscape. But what about customers and site hosts? Are there persistent barriers we need to overcome?

November 2021

In our latest episode of Current, ILLUME Founder and Co-Owner, Anne Dougherty and our People Champion, Yasmeen Chánes examine ILLUME’s value of “Taking Good Care.” Listen in as they discuss ways that organizations can address employee wellness by leaning on their values.

November 2021

In our latest podcast, ILLUME’s Laura Schauer talks with Anne Dougherty about the importance of seeing beyond utility satisfaction metrics as we take a broader look at populations and dig deeper into customers’ individual and unique situations. Laura also discusses her contributions to the Harvard Business Review Analytic Services whitepaper, “Improving the Customer Experience in the Utility Industry.”

November 2021

ILLUME Director, Pace Goodman has been selected by the Regional Technical Forum (RTF) as its newest voting member.

October 2021

In our latest case study, ILLUME takes a deep dive at exploring the connection between climate change and customer satisfaction. Utility customers are encoding the stress of extreme weather events into their mental schemas, so how can utilities stand up and restore value in a time of climate shocks?

October 2021

Facebook and Instagram were offline briefly this week, but not Twitter. In honor of Twitter’s few hours atop the social media leaderboard we revisit our 2020 magazine article, Hunker Down a Tweetstorm is Coming. 

October 2021

On Energy Efficiency Day 2021, ILLUME calls on our industry to center equity in our work. Together we can transform our workforce with dignity, reduce household energy burden, and equitably decarbonize our buildings and cars.

October 2021

Please join us in welcoming Yasmeen Chánes, ILLUME’s first People Champion. Yasmeen’s work is central to ILLUME living our value of “Taking Good Care” and ensuring the well-being of our team by seeking creative ways to engage and promote employee wellness. Her deeply held respect for the varied experiences, interests, and motivations of others guides her work.

September 2021

In this month’s blog we feature the work of the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization whose 2021 report offers a path forward as states and utilities prepare to transform the workforce and support energy-impacted communities with outsized support from the federal government.

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

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