In the Community

Making Our Communities Better

United Illuminating (UI), part of the AVANGRID family, is a community-based business.  Our success depends on the success of the people and businesses we serve.  It is in our best interest to help make our communities the best they can be.  UI receives hundreds of funding requests each year, and of course we are simply unable to fund every worthy group and project.  That is why we have created priority funding areas to guide our decision-making.

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At this time, new solicitation for grants are on hold until further notice.  This decision is based on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Speaker's Bureau

The United Illuminating Company offers presentations to organizations and service clubs free of charge throughout the year.  The presentations are available for community groups, schools, service organizations and senior centers interested in learning more about a variety of subjects, including electric utility restructuring, environmental responsibility, electrical safety, meter theft, emergency preparedness, billing issues, energy efficiency and careers in the utility industry.


The presentations are conducted by UI employees knowledgeable in the topic of energy use and conservation.  Topics for discussion include:

Understanding your bill - Learn about charges on your bill and the role electric suppliers play in it.

Energy Conservation in the home - There are residential programs and steps you can take as a tenant or homeowner to conserve energy and reduce cost.  No matter how you heat your home, or whether you're buying a home or updating where you live now, we can show you how a smart energy home makes life better. 

Small Business Energy Advantage - If you're like many small commercial and industrial customers, you do not have the time, financial resources or in-house expertise necessary to analyze and reduce your energy usage.  We can help!

Commercial and Industrial Solutions - Learn about new construction incentives and opportunities to upgrade and save on state-of-the-art technology for your business or development.

Matching Payment Plan, Forgiveness and Budget Billing - Are you struggling with bill payments, or do you prefer to set up a budget billing where your payment is distributed over a 12 month period?  If so, this is the presentation for you.

Renewable Energy and Grid Modernization - This topic will cover how UI is modernizing the distribution grid in order to interconnect increasing amounts of renewable energy and help CT achieve statewide targets.

Gas Safety - Safety is a core value that's embedded into everything we do.  Are you wondering how we address public safety in the gas business?  This presentation can answer that question and cover information on converting to natural gas.

Storm Response/Preparation - Ever wonder how UI prepares for storms?  This informative presentation will provide preparation tips and tools that will allow you to be better prepared for future storms.

Spot the Scam - Scammers and imposters may knock on your door, call you or send spam to your e-mail box.  They use our trusted brands and reputation fraudulently to steal your money and personal information.  This presentation will teach you how to avoid being scammed.

eeSmarts - The eeSmarts program provides professional development workshops free-of-charge to educators across the state of Connecticut for grades kindergarten through high school. 

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To learn more about UI’s involvement in the community, or to request a speaker for your event, submit an Request a Presentation online form or contact Eileen Lopez-Cordone at 203.499.5953. Please contact us at least three weeks in advance to request a speaker.  You will be contacted within three business days.