In a moment when innovation is imperative, leveraging evaluation requires out-of-the-box thinking, proactive planning, and early engagement. In this article from our 2022 Magazine, we provide key considerations to help encourage the integration of evaluation for research and development and emerging technologies teams.
Community solar and green pricing programs show continued growth since 2010. Despite this growth, current participants don’t reflect the population and this presents an opportunity for program administrators to expand their reach to aim to include a more equitable cross-section of their customer population. Read our findings in the article from our 2022 Magazine.
As our clean energy industry recovers from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to re-envision our workforce to better address structural and historic inequities in access, wealth, and opportunity. In this article from last year’s Magazine, ILLUME offers our recommendations to ensure the green recovery is accessible to a broader swath of the U.S. population.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking back on our 2020 magazine, we talked about how smart thermostats are providing important learnings for scaling DER adoption and increasing program participation.
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.