Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Smart Grid Project

From Open Energy Information

Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU), located in Ankeny, Iowa, will receive $5 million in federal funding to develop a smarter, more efficient energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy chose IAMU as one of 100 companies nationwide to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2]

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) Smart Grid Thermostat project involves the deployment of advanced metering and customer systems for five participating municipal utilities. The project aims to reduce customer electricity costs, peak demands, and utility operating costs. The project deploys about 5,450 smart meters, 13,800 programmable communicating thermostats, and direct load control devices to: (1) allow customers to view and control their energy consumption at their convenience through a Web portal, and (2) allow the participating utilities to manage, measure, and verify targeted demand reductions during peak periods.[3]


  • Approx. 5,450 Smart Meters
  • AMI Communication Systems
  • Meter Communications Network
  • Backhaul Communications
  • Meter Data Management System
  • Customer Systems for Approx. 16,200 Customers
  • Customer Web Portal
  • Approx. 2,400 Direct Load Control Devices
  • Approx. 13,800 Programmable Communicating Thermostats

Targeted Benefits

  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Deferred Investment in Generation and Distribution Capacity Expansion
  • Optimized Generator Operation
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions


  1. ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants
  2. 2.0 2.1 IAMU Smart Grid Grant
  3. Project Information Page