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The Agenda for the Smart Energy Summit features keynotes, presentations, and speaker panels from experts in energy management, with discussions on current technologies and consumer research.

Monday, February 22

12:00 p.m.

Smart Energy Summit Registration Open

1:00-5:00 P.M.

Parks Associates Smart Energy Workshop - Austin Room - View Agenda
Energy in IoT: Consumer Trends, Business Models, and Incentives (additional fee to attend - Register Here)

Smart Home Systems: Accelerating Adoption

Distributed Generation, the Smart Home, and Energy Management

Innovation in Energy Management

Segmenting Energy Consumers

Marketing Energy Programs

Cost-effective Marketing and Consumer Engagement

Trends in Smart Product Adoption

Incentives for Smart Product Participation in Energy Programs

Successful BYOT Programs

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5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception - Capital Foyer

Tuesday, February 23
Electric Utilities: Different Paths to Deliver Energy Management at Home

7:30 a.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m.

State Farm - Smart Energy Summit sponsorContinental Breakfast
Sponsored by State Farm

8:30 a.m.

Welcome: Engaging Consumers with Energy Management Solutions - Capital Ballroom

Parks Associates President Stuart Sikes opens the event providing an introduction on the three main themes of the conference – the utility role in the smart home, different paths to deliver energy management and engage consumers, and the convergence of energy management, the smart home, and distributed generation. This presentation focuses on the opportunities and impact that partnerships, technology, and new business models are having on consumer demand for energy efficiency products and services.


Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

9:00 a.m.

Success Stories in Energy Management - Capital Ballroom

Utilities are moving forward with numerous pilots, testing new business models and new approaches to marketing, installation, and partnerships. This session discusses the lessons learned from these innovative efforts and highlights recent success stories in the industry.


Patrick Agnew, Program Manager, In-home Technology, Florida Power and Light

Mark Cosby, Business Development Leader, Westar Energy

Harry Emerson, Smart Grid/SmartHours Program, Director, Product Development, OGE Energy Corp

David Grant, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tendril

Steve Nisbet, VP - External Relations & Power Solutions, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association


Allen Weiner, Senior Research Analyst, Parks Associates

10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Making Energy Easy and Engaging for Customers- Capital Ballroom

NRG Keynote - William Clayton - Smart Energy Summit

William Clayton

Vice President of Customer Care Operations
Reliant, NRG

Reliant - NRG - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Energy providers need to stay ahead of their customers' evolving needs to succeed in today's residential energy management markets, and smart energy tools are key to gaining these insights and building deeper relationships. Connectivity creates new value in automation and controls and opens opportunities to expand consumer engagement with energy efficiency in the home. Bill Clayton presents field-tested strategies for the deployment of interactive energy solutions that drive adoption and generate excitement among consumers.

10:30 a.m.

WattzOn - Smart Energy Summit sponsorRefreshment Break - Capital Foyer
Sponsored by WattzOn

11:00 a.m.

Unlocking the Value of Energy Usage Data - Capital Ballroom

Energy data is a key element of any energy management solution. Efforts such as the Green Button initiative have enabled numerous applications and consumer-facing solutions. This session looks at the different value-added services derived from energy data and the data needs of industry partners.


Martha Amram, Founder & CEO, WattzOn and Green Button Alliance

Will Duckett, Director of Business Development, PlotWatt

Steve Nguyen, Head of Marketing, Bidgely

Daniel Roesler, CTO & Co-founder, UtilityAPI and Green Button Alliance

Emmett Romine, General Manager Insight & Demand Side Management, DTE Energy


Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

12:00 p.m.

CONNECTIONSNetworking Lunch - Atrium
Sponsored by CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

1:00 p.m.

Innovation in Marketing and Consumer Engagement - Capital Ballroom

Connectivity and the combined data from all customer interactions are transforming businesses and marketing programs. This session discusses strategies and opportunities to leverage data to target consumers and expand participation in energy programs.


Mauro Dresti, Manager Mass Markets, Southern California Edison

V. Rory Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, PlanetEcosystems

Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect 

Justin Segall, President, Co-Founder, Simple Energy

Marianne Sy, Program Manager, Demand Response, San Diego Gas & Electric


Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

2:00 p.m.

Keynote: Connected Thermostats: A Revolution Driving Value for Utilities and Service Providers - Capital Ballroom

Seth Frader-Thompson - EnergyHug - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Seth Frader-Thompson



EnergyHub - Smart Energy Summit keynote

EnergyHub’s President, Seth Frader-Thompson, separates hype from reality in the connected thermostat market, citing real-world benefits for connected home service providers, utilities, and manufacturers. Seth shares data from around the industry to illustrate how these companies are leveraging connected thermostats to increase ARPU, improve consumer engagement, and expand their energy programs. He also provides a strategic look into the future to present ways to get even greater value out of these assets.

2:30 p.m.

Tyco - Smart Energy Summit sponsorRefreshment Break - Capital Foyer
Sponsored by Tyco

3:00 p.m.

Integrating Smart Products and Consumer IoT into Utility Programs - Capital Ballroom

Nearly 20% of U.S. broadband households own at least one smart home device, and over 40% plan to buy one in the next 12 months. Leveraging the installed base of smart products into demand response programs provides a low-cost solution for meeting DR goals, but what is the impact on the utility of sharing the relationship with manufacturers and service providers.


Andy Baynes, Director, Energy Business, Nest

Denver Hinds, R&D Project Manager, SMUD

Claire Miziolek, Market Strategies Program Manager, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

Peter Taylor, Vice President of Products, WeMo/Belkin

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


Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

4:00 p.m.

Direct Participation of Energy Platform Providers in Energy Markets - Capital Ballroom

As energy markets open access to non-load-serving entities, the opportunity for third parties to directly participate and profit in energy markets is increasing. This panel discusses the risks and rewards associated with energy market participation.


Jeremy Eddy, Senior Energy Consultant, Itron

Erin Keys, Director, Business Development & Strategy, Comverge

Yann Kulp, Vice President SmartSpace, Schneider Electric North America

Dave Oberholzer, VP, Business and Partner Development, WeatherBug Home

Ken Wacks, Consultant, Home, Building & Utility Systems; Member, Gridwise Architecture Council, DOE


Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

5:00 p.m.

Special Session - Capital Ballroom

5:30 p.m.

Tendril - Smart Energy Summit sponsorNetworking Reception - Capital Foyer
Sponsored by Tendril

7:30 p.m.

Parks AssociatesNetworking Dinner - Stubb's BBQ (two blocks east of the Omni Hotel)
Sponsored by Parks Associates

Wednesday, February 24
Convergence of Energy Management, the Smart Home, and Distributed Generation

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast - Atrium

8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks - Capital Ballroom


Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

8:45 a.m.

Solar Industry: Integration, Competition, and Impact on IoT - Capital Ballroom

What is the state of the rooftop solar market, and what factors can accelerate its adoption by consumers, smart home companies, homebuilders, and the energy industry? This panel discusses the growth of the solar industry and efforts to integrate with utilities and smart home service providers.


Dwain Kinghorn, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Solar

Karen Poff, Project Manager, Austin Energy

Matt Smith, Senior Director of Utility Solutions, Silver Spring Networks

Ivo Steklac, Vice President General Manager of RLC Solar Energy Solutions, SunPower Corporation

Ilen Zazueta-Hall, Director, Product Management for Energy Management, Enphase


Eddie Accomando, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Getting Paid to Save Energy...Finally - Capital Ballroom

Paul Campbell - Smart Energy Summit keynote - Schneider Electric

Paul Campbell

VP Innovation / Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric - Smart Energy Summit keynote

For many years, the question asked of consumers about Home Energy Management has been, 'How much are you willing to pay to save energy?'  Consumers answered with their wallets by refusing to pay for Home Energy Management solutions and so adoption of such solutions has been disappointing, to say it mildly. Now, with new programs underway, consumers can finally get paid to save energy. This keynote highlights the current state of these new programs and what needs to be done as an energy community to expand these programs toward mass adoption.

10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break - Capital Foyer

10:45 a.m.

Integrating Comprehensive Energy Management Solutions into Smart Home Systems - Capital Ballroom

Smart home systems providers offer a variety of value propositions to appeal to a range of consumers. This panel examines how smart home providers are leveraging energy-related products to enhance the value of their offerings, including the challenges and opportunities with integrating and controlling a comprehensive energy solution.


Ramon Alvarez, Senior Director of Strategic Consumer Solutions, SmartThings

Landon Borders, Director of Connected Devices, Haiku Home by Big Ass Solutions

Kris Bowring, Director of Business and Channel Development, Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks

Wannie Park, VP of Utility Solutions, CEIVA Energy


Eddie Accomando, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Energy Management Solutions

11:30 a.m.

Role of Energy Management in Smart Home Solutions - Capital Ballroom

The core value propositions for smart home systems are safety and security followed by energy management services. This panel discusses the opportunities associated with incorporating energy management solutions into the smart home as well as challenges in creating value successful propositions and developing marketing programs to improve awareness.


Bill Alderson, Director, Marketing and Digital Services, Rheem

Dennis Mathew, VP, Xfinity Home, Comcast

Todd Nolte, Marketing Technologies Manager, Carrier, United Technologies

Carlos Nouel, Director of Partnerships and Joint Ventures, National Grid

Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer, Vivint


Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

12:30 p.m.

Connected Health SummitNetworking Lunch - Atrium
Sponsored by Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers

1:30 p.m.

Energy Management and Smart Product Solutions - Capital Ballroom

Smart home products offer a variety of value propositions to appeal to a range of consumers. This panel examines how manufacturers and their partners are integrating energy management capabilities into smart products, including strategies to tie energy into the smart home ecosystems, the challenges, and the opportunities in integrating and selling these solutions.


Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee

Ann Perreault, Marketing Director, Smart Grid Solutions, Honeywell

Lori Singleton, Director, Emerging Customer Programs, Salt River Project (SRP)

Matthew Tolliver, VP of Business Development, EcoFactor


Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

2:30 p.m.

Consumer AnalyticsRefreshment Break - Capital Foyer
Sponsored by Consumer Analytics

3:00 p.m.

Interoperability, Integration, and Energy Management - Capital Ballroom

Integrating energy management devices and technologies into the home while communicating with the grid requires communication standards and systems. This panel discusses data and communications standards and their role in accelerating home energy management adoption.


Barry Haaser, President, Managing Director, OpenADR Alliance; CEO, Lakeview Group

Dave Hurst, Director, Market Analysis, NextEnergy

Art Lancaster, CTO Affinegy; Board Member, AllSeen Alliance

Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave

Mark Walters, V.P. Strategic Development, ZigBee Alliance


Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

4:00 p.m.

Energy Providers: Opportunities to Dominate the Smart Home and Energy Management Market - Capital Ballroom

Energy providers are in a prime position when it comes to providing comprehensive energy solutions. They have a direct channel to consumers and experience in deploying value-added services. This panel discusses the offerings and new opportunities for energy providers to increase their role in the home.


Corey Chao, Innovation Manager, Connected Home, NRG/Reliant

Rick Luna, Sr. Manager, Products and Services, CPS Energy

Steve Nisbet, VP - External Relations & Power Solutions, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association

More speakers to be announced


Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

5:00 p.m.

Closing Comments

Questions about speaking? Contact Parks Associates.

Questions about speaking? Contact Parks Associates.