Thursday, January 18, 2018

13% of U.S. broadband households owned a smart thermostat at the end of 2017

Speakers for ninth-annual Smart Energy Summit include Austin Energy, Carrier, DTE, Mercedes-Benz, Nest, and many more

New smart energyresearch from Parks Associates released today shows adoption of smart thermostats reached 13% of U.S. broadband households in 2017, up from 11% in 2016. The IoT research firm will explore new opportunities for utilities and energy providers to leverage the growth of smart home devices and solutions at the ninth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 19-21, 2018, at the Omni Austin Downtown in Austin, Texas.

“The steady rise of adoption in smart thermostats comes as multiple sales channels offer and promote these devices,” said Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates. “At Smart Energy Summit, we will explore new strategies for utilities and energy providers to expand their services through these smart devices as well as partnership opportunities for the device makers and manufacturers.”

Smart Thermostat Ownership | Parks Associates

Conference sponsors include Tendril, Rapid Response, Affinegy,, Austin Energy, Bidgely, Carrier, Innotrail, Powerley, Trusource Labs, The Weather Company, and Whisker Labs.

The following speakers will participate at Smart Energy Summit and examine the impact of the IoT on utilities and consumers:


Kim Greene, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Southern Company

Geoff Ferrell, Chief Technology Officer, Mandalay Homes

Dave Packard, Vice President, Utility Solutions, ChargePoint

Jamie Staples, Head of Retail Energy Partnerships, Nest Labs

Steve Hambric, Vice President, Distributed Energy Management, Itron


Amena Ali, CRO, Whisker Labs

Anne Arquit Niederberger PhD, VP Market Development, Enervee

Rich Barone, Manager, Demand Response, Hawaiian Electric / PLMA

Mike Bates, Global General Manager, Energy, Intel

Robbie Berglund, Business Unit Executive, The Weather Company, an IBM Business

Kari Binley, Expert Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric

Wayne Callendar, Zero Emissions Resource Manager, CPS Energy

Chris Carradine, EVP, ecobee

Prateek Chakravarty, Head, International Sales and Customer Success, Bidgely

Dane Christensen, Manager, Residential Systems Innovation & Performance, NREL

Ben Clarin, Sr. Project Manager, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Ben Cohen, Global Strategy Manager, AutoGrid

Mark Cosby, Director of Business Development, Westar Energy

Chris DeSchamp, Director Customer Solutions Development, Vectren

Erika Diamond, VP and GM of Energy Markets, EnergyHub,

Shane Fay, SVP Sales and Marketing, Grid4C

David Holland, Sr. Manager, Business Development, Connected Homes, Honeywell

Denver Hinds, R&D Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Dr. Marissa Hummon, Director of Product, Tendril

Siva Iyer, Director, Smart Home, Carrier

Matt Johnson, VP of Business Development, EnergyHub

Dave Kaintz, Senior Manager, Southern California Edison

Debbie Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy

Brian Kirchman, New Product Program Manager, Customer Programs, Commonwealth Edison

Kevin Klages, Senior Vice President, Mass Markets, Constellation

Peter Klauer, Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, California ISO

Bob King, CEO, Good Company Associates

Manoj Kumar, CEO, Powerley

Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy

Alton Martin, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs

David Meisegeier, VP and Senior Technical Director, ICF

Deb Merril, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Just Energy

Joel Miller, Principal Supervisor, DTE

Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant

Sujata Neidig, Director of Marketing, NXP, Thread Group

Erik Norwood, Founder & CEO, CURB

Gerry O'Brien, COO, Blue Line Innovations

Ben Polly, Senior Research Engineer, NREL

Blake Richetta, SVP, sonnen Inc.

Justin Segall, President & Founder, Simple Energy

Bill Scheffler, VP, Sales and Business Development, Z-Wave, Sigma Designs

Kevin Schwain, Director, Product Strategy, Xcel Energy

Jayesh Shah, Director, Marketing Strategy, Direct Energy

Jessie Shoemaker, Energy Storage Business Developer, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas

Greg Sorenson, PE, CIA, Supervisor, Market Power and Mitigation, Southwest Power Pool (SPP)

Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Utility Systems

Gene Wang, CEO, People Power

Paul Wattles, Sr. Analyst, Market Design & Development, ERCOT

Moderators / Parks Associates Analysts

Denise Ernst, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Stephanie Heeney, Account Executive, Parks Associates

Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

Parks Associatesis accepting press pass requests for Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer More information about the Smart Energy Summit is available at To speak with an analyst or request specific research data, contact Julia Homier at, 972-996-0214.

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 13-15 at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, with virtual sessions on June 15, August 17, and November 9. 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 #SmartEnergy23. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit

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