Smart thermostats first, smart meters later

Stimulus funding has propelled numerous smart meter deployments by utilities across the country. In Iowa, however, an association of more than 100 municipal electric utilities has decided, instead, to first install programmable thermostats and offer dynamic pricing. The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities' decision reflected its members' sense that installing thermostats with automated settings and offering dynamic pricing will have a less expensive but direct influence on shaving peak loads — prior to installing smart meters.

In this on-demand webcast, Intelligent Utility Daily editor-in-chief Phil Carson and Bob Haug, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities' executive director, for an interactive discussion that will provide insight into the IAMU's business-based decision to tackle load management in its own fashion. Watch this free webcast that will provide you with in-depth insight the IAMU's rationale and goals, which include identifying price signals that actually motivate changes in customer behavior. 

By attending, you will: 

Gain insight from an association of more than 100 municipal electric utilities on how it tackled the smart grid challenge and leveraged its strength in numbers. 

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Identify the steps the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities is taking to gain the short-term benefits of demand response, prior to widespread smart meter deployment.

Learn how member utilities will manage the rollout of programmable thermostats and how they are engaging with their customers on the benefits of the program.

Discover elements of the closer relationship that municipal utilities enjoy with their customers in the nation's heartland, which can be leveraged to smooth the path to a smarter grid.


Bob Haug
Executive Director
Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
Phil Carson
Intelligent Utility Daily

Bob Haug is executive director of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, an association of 545 Iowa communities that operate electric, gas, water, or telecommunications systems. He has over 30 years experience working with Iowa municipal utilities and has been with IAMU as executive director since 1986. He has been an active proponent of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout his career. Bob is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has lived in Iowa since 1975. 

Phil Carson, editor-in-chief, Intelligent Utility Daily, covers the smart grid for Energy Central. In his daily coverage he examines the people, technology, business cases and public policy that affect this vital upgrading of the nation's electric grid. 

Prior to joining Energy Central, Carson covered wireless technology, drinking water science and public affairs for a variety of newspapers, magazines and trade publications. He is the author of books on popular music, Spanish colonial history and mountaineering. 

Carson earned his undergraduate degree in biology and geology from the University of Denver and his master's in science writing from Northwestern University. He has worked as a journalist since 1982. 

About Intelligent Utility Reality Webcasts

These exclusive web events provide diverse, real-world perspectives on how energy providers are building intelligent utilities to deliver on the promise of information-enabled energy. Stripping away the hype, they allow you to learn from your peers about the realities behind distribution automation, metering, demand response, and asset management deployments.

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Mar 04, 2010