About

The Income Qualified Energy Efficiency Committee (IQ EE Committee) is made up of:

  • The Statewide Leadership Team (IQ-LT) who are organized by leaders from Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in northern Illinois and southern Illinois.  The leaders in the north are referred to as the “IQ-N LT.”  The leaders in the south are referred to as the “IQ-S LT.”
  • Utility Liaisons representing Commonwealth Edison and Ameren Illinois
  • A facilitation team, led by Annette Beitel, Senior Facilitator
  • The Committee Membership, described further below.

Statewide Leadership Team

The IQ EE Committee is under the direction of the Leadership Team members, below. The IQ Committee LT is comprised of highly experienced, educated, capable professionals, each with decades of experience and a deep personal commitment to working directly in under-resourced communities facing environmental justice concerns with high concentrations of BIPOC residents.  LT member expertise encompasses law, engineering, doctoral degree in Organizational Development, communications, data analysis, survey and evaluation methods and public health.  All have direct personal “boots on the ground” experience serving residents of Illinois who are struggling to afford their energy bills and who face many other day-to-day challenges.

The IQ Committee LT includes:

  • IQ North (IQ-N) Committee Leadership Team
    Sharon “Sy” Lewis – Meadows Eastside Community Resource Organization
    Naomi Davis – Blacks in Green
    Cheryl Johnson – People for Community Recovery
    Billy Davis – Bronzeville Community Development Partnership
    Stephen Robinson – Northwest Austin Council
  • IQ South (IQ-S) Committee Leadership Team
    Dalitso Sulamoyo – Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
    Odette Watson – East Central Community Action Agency
    Theresa Collins – Senior Services Plus
    Rick Subblefield – St. Clair County Illinois Intergovernmental Grants (IGD) and Economic Development Departments.
    Lisa Miranda – Rebuilding Together

See the IQ Committee bios here.

Utility Liaisons

The Committee is funded by ratepayers through ComEd and Ameren IL.  The Committee liaisons are:

  • Phil Halliburton – ComEd
  • Deb Perry – Ameren IL

See the Committee Liaisons’ bios here.

Committee Facilitation

Annette Beitel, Founder and President of Future Energy Enterprises, LLC (FutEE), an Illinois-based, woman-owned business, has been selected by the joint committee LT to facilitate the committee as Senior Facilitator.  She is assisted by staff, including Nelson May.

See the Senior Facilitator bio here.

Committee Participation: Membership

Per the statutory language of CEJA, committee membership is open to a broad range of individuals and organizations, as identified below:

Electric utilities, gas utilities, the utilities’ low-income energy efficiency implementation contractors, non-profit organizations (community-based organizations), community action agencies, advocacy groups, state and local government agencies, public housing organizations, and representatives of community-based organizations, especially those living or working with environmental justice and BIPOC communities. . . The Illinois Commerce Commission shall oversee and have relevant staff participation in the committee.  

Organizations and individuals who are interested in being committee members will be asked to complete a “Membership Application” contained on the Resources page.  Members from community-based organizations are eligible for stipends for participation.  All individuals/organizations who seek to be Committee Members will be expected to be regular and active participants in Committee meetings and processes.

Committee Member bios and photos will be posted as they are reviewed and accepted by the IQ Committee Leadership Team.

Committee Grant Opportunities (for Committee Community-Based Organizations)

The Committee will include grant opportunities for committee members, including organizations represented on the Leadership Team, from community-based organizations.  Grants will focus on energy efficiency (and related topics) education and outreach, broadly defined.  Grant applications are expected to be available through the committee website in the mid-September time frame.