The Future of DER: Energizing the Smart Home

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET)

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PLMA - DER Energy Webcast, Parks AssociatesThis webcast analyzes consumer adoption of DER (distributed energy resources), including solar, EVs, and smart home solutions, as well as strategies to integrate these solutions into energy services in order to provide cost savings and better shape the household load.

Co-hosted by PLMA and Parks Associates

Currently 26% of U.S. broadband households own a DER product or an electric vehicle, with adoption at 41% among heads of household ages 18-24. The popularity of these solutions among younger households indicate their adoption and usage will continue to increase as these consumers age and as younger generations move into their own households.

Utilities see multiple challenges associated with the increased adoption of DER solutions, including capacity constraints and grid and power reliability. Utility executives have signaled the need to invest in grid intelligence to manage DER solutions to secure the grid from cyberattacks.

Many new smart home solutions, combined with data analytics and grid intelligence, provide a granular view of household devices and their energy usage to end users, households, and utilities. This information opens opportunities to recoup grid investments and create new revenues through DR participation, energy management services, and partnership opportunities between smart home manufacturers and energy providers.

Utilities can also leverage DER and smart home resources to provide actionable intelligence to end users on how they can save money and energy and also become more energy independent.

This webcast looks at the market for DER, its growth trajectory over the next several years, and strategies for energy providers and other smart home and IoT providers to get ahead of adoption and build business strategies around the integration of these solutions with the grid. The event examines the potential for smart home participation in the wholesale market, and industry experts also discuss the possible impacts of proposed tariffs on the U.S. solar industry and the rates of adoption and installation.


Richard Barone, Manager, Demand Response, Hawaiian Electric Company

Michael Brown, Manager, Demand Response & Distributed Energy Resources, NV Energy, PLMA

Tony Koch, Mechanical Engineer, Bonneville Power Administration

John Powers, Founder/CEO, Extensible Energy and PLMA

Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Parks Associates - Tom Kerber

Tom leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom’s work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.

Tom has done extensive consulting with electric utilities operating in a variety of regulator structures and numerous firms within the smart home ecosystem. Recent utility engagements include defining the home area network roadmap for a California IOU, updating the consumer engagement strategy for a traditional vertically integrated IOU, providing consumer and industry analysis to refine EE and DR programs for an IOU in a restructured market, and providing insights on the evolution of the connected home for a large Midwest IOU. Tom has also led projects for many Fortune 500 companies, helping clients refine smart home strategies, develop scenarios of the future of the smart home market, enhance product roadmaps, and refine specific product features.

Prior to working at Parks Associates, Tom worked as director of engineering and director of product management in multiple industries. Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program on submarines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in systems engineering and a master's in software engineering from the University of Texas.

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