Smarter Electricity

Smarter Electricity The Smarter Electricity Pilot Study was a project of Smarter Sustainable Dubuque, the City’s partnership with IBM Research and a component of the Sustainable Dubuque initiative.

This project was conducted in partnership with Alliant Energy - Interstate Power and Light Company and IBM Research, and funded by a $1.4 million grant from the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. More than 1,200 households volunteered to participate in Dubuque’s Smarter Electricity Pilot Study, exceeding the target of 1,000.
IBM and Alliant Energy’s role in this project was to provide the technology and services allowing volunteer participants to monitor their electric energy consumption much more frequently, instead of once a month on their utility bill. This enabled consumers to make better, more informed choices about when to use energy, and how much they used.

New Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) meters havwere installed at the selected volunteer households. Alliant Energy provided anonymous customer electricity usage data to the City and IBM for analysis. IBM used the data to develop a consumer interface system to enable study participants to better understand their electricity use so they can consider changes to save energy, reduce costs, and reduce carbon emissions. Volunteers were able to access their electricity usage and related data through an interactive website or portal.

This project has been concluded and portal access is no longer available.  
Thank you to all volunteers who participated.

View IBM Research's Final Report on the Pilot Study  Smarter Sustainable Dubuque