Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DTE and Powerley to Keynote Smart Energy Summit: Engaging Consumers

More than 80% of U.S. broadband households took energy-saving actions in 2016

Parks Associates announced that DTE and Powerley will deliver a joint keynote at the eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 20-22, 2017, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The research firm announced new smart energy research today, from the upcoming 360 View:Energy Management, Smart Home, and Utility Programs, showing that 82% of U.S. broadband households performed some energy-saving action in 2016, including 50% who adjusted their thermostat in order to save money and energy.  

Irene Dimitry, Vice President, Business Planning and Development, DTE Energy; and Manoj Kumar, CEO, Powerley will deliver the day’s closing keynote at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21. The presentation will focus on strategies for driving energy efficiency, consumer engagement, and new connected business models through energy management and home automation solutions.

Most Common Energy-Saving Actions Taken Over the Past 12 Months

“Energy providers are accelerating the adoption of smart home solutions, expanding the market beyond early adopters," said Tom Kerber, Director of IoT Strategy, Parks Associates. “Many smart energy devices have an outstanding return-on-investment, yet upfront cost is an obstacle to adoption. Energy programs are expanding the smart home market and the utility relationship with consumers. The Smart Energy Summit will highlight energy providers on the forefront of the smart home.”

“In bridging the smart grid to the smart home, utilities are reshaping our relationship with energy while redefining their businesses,” said Manoj Kumar, CEO, Powerley. “As we look beyond the meter, we have an opportunity to engage customers in an entirely new connected home experience that is enriched by energy management.”

Additional keynotes and key speakers at Smart Energy Summit include:

  • Kevin Butt, General Manager, Environmental, Toyota Motor North America
  • Abigail Daken, ENERGY STAR Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jeremy Eaton, Vice President and General Manager, Connected Home, Honeywell
  • Ann McCabe, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

The Smart Energy Summit agendais designed with strategic insights including representatives from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. The Summit features Parks Associates’ latest consumer research highlighting the adoption of smart energy solutions and analysis of utility strategies to integrate smart home, solar energy, and value-added services into grid operations, energy efficiency, and DR programs in order to expand their services.

Conference sponsors include People Power Company,, Austin Energy, Bidgely, Carrier, ecobee, Hampton Products International, Powerley, The Weather Company, Whisker Labs, ipCapital Group, MivaTek, and State Farm.

Conference supporters include Advanced Energy Economy, Internet of Things Consortium,, Antenna, B2 Group, CIOReview, Conference Guru, Engerati, Green Button Alliance, Hometoys, IoT Today, ISE Magazine, Israeli Smart Energy Association, KNXtoday, Mission Data, NEEP, oneM2M, Open Connectivity Foundation, OpenADR Alliance, POWERGRID International, Smart Energy Journal, Smart Grid Spain, Smart Grid Today, TD The Market Publishers, TelcoProfessionals, USNAP Alliance, Utility Dive, Utility Post, Wi-Fi Alliance, and

Parks Associatesis accepting press pass requests for Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer at More information about the Smart Energy Summit is available at To speak with an analyst or request specific research data, contact Holly Sprague at or 720-987-6614.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer addresses the evolution of the consumer utility market, the impact of COVID-19 on energy management programs, and new opportunities to drive engagement in utility-sponsored programs. Virtual panels and networking sessions, featuring executive-level experts from multiple industries, address strategies for utilities, service providers, retailers, software providers, and manufacturers to expand and monetize energy management and other energy-focused offerings through consumer engagement, new business models, unique partnerships, and innovative technologies.

Smart Energy Summit features an in-person conference February 28–March 2 at the Omni Hotel in Frisco, TX, with virtual sessions on April 7, June 30, August 4, and November 17. The summit agenda features leaders from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy22. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit

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