Illinois’ New Smart Grid Education Foundation Names Program Director

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ISEIF is pleased to announce Clare Butterfield as Program Director to administer a smart grid consumer education fund in Illinois.

The Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created by the Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act to administer a smart grid consumer education fund, is pleased to announce Clare Butterfield will join the organization as Program Director.

Butterfield has a proven track record in leading statewide education and advocacy initiatives, and will focus on grant-making strategies that empower Illinois consumers to benefit from smart metering technology that will be installed in millions of homes, a key element in the transformation of the state’s electric grid.

Prior to joining ISEIF, Clare Butterfield founded and served as Executive Director of Faith in Place, an organization created to rally the faith community around environmental and energy issues. Since 1999, Faith in Place has partnered with more than 900 congregations in Illinois on programs that include youth education, energy and water conservation and policy advocacy.

“Clare possesses the powerful combination of nonprofit leadership experience, passion for energy and environmental issues, and a statewide perspective that is crucial for ISEIF’s education efforts,” said Jason Blumberg, CEO and Managing Director of ISEIF.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to help lead this high-impact consumer education program,” said Butterfield. “We have a tremendous opportunity to improve our communities and our patterns of energy use, and I look forward to working with our future nonprofit grantees and utility partners on outreach strategies that achieve measurable results.”

ISEIF will administer its first grant cycle this year, with a biannual call for proposals starting in 2014.

Butterfield has a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary, a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School, a J.D from the University of Illinois College of Law and a B.A in History from the University of Illinois.

About ISEIF: ISEIF was created as part of the Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act and is funded by ComEd and Ameren. ISEIF’s smart grid education grant fund supports nonprofit organizations in implementing innovative and high-impact smart grid consumer education projects. These projects will help consumers understand and adopt smart grid technologies. ISEIF’s mission is to create positive changes in consumer energy behavior and transform norms regarding the relationship between consumer, the utility and energy consumption.

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