So, free will is basically a conscious informed choice. A result of consciousness and memory (which supplies information however little that information is).
However there is cellular memory, but does it have consciousness? Probably not.
Bacteria has memory, does it have consciousness? Probably not full consciousness.
Do plants have memory or consciousness? I think they have memory to an extent too, but not full consciousness.
Do particles have memory, and what about consciousness? I think particle have a certain level again of memory possibly, but not full consciousness.
Can a quantum computer have consciousness? and if so then can't the universe? This is the tricky one.
Further what does it mean to exist? I exist because I'm conscious to observe it and experience it. Without consciousness I would have no experience and no observations and so would I exist? Would a tree exist if it had no consciousness to experience or observation of it?
I know you can simply say of course it exists because it is there regardless of whether I'm there or not. But does it really? If it has no experience of itself then how can it exist? and if it does exist, then what type of existence is it? An unconscious existence? But it certainly has some form of memory. It passes on information to duplicate itself. So information is passed on seemingly whether consciousness is there or not.
So is energy informed?
Perhaps energy is not conscious, but it is always informed? Information would have to be retained somehow.