Smart meters and related system improvements detect outages faster and help us provide you with better service. Smart meters are an industry standard, with roughly 65 million currently in place, serving more than 50% of households nationally.
Our Wisconsin customers have had smart meters for over 10 years. Our installation and use of smart meters for Iowa customers is nearly complete.
What are the benefits of smart meters?
- Faster detection of outages
- Reduced estimation of bills and meter reading errors
- Lower fuel consumption and vehicle emissions by Alliant Energy employees
- Reduced need to access customer property
In the future, we plan to use smart meter technology to offer new and improved rate options and programs and online information to help you better manage your energy costs.
Are smart meters secure and safe?
The system uses a multi-layered approach to security that makes the data very secure. The system Alliant Energy uses meets all applicable FCC requirements.
Smart meters only transmit four to six times per day and use very short micro-second bursts of data when doing so. When compared to other common consumer wireless devices, such as cordless or mobile phones, the output is substantially lower.