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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 16


12:00 p.m.

Smart Energy Summit Registration Open


1:00-5:00 P.M.

Parks Associates Smart Energy Workshop - Ballroom A
Energy in IoT: Profitable Use Cases for the Smart Home (additional fee to attend - Register Here)

1:00 P.M. Trends in Smart Home System Adoption

1:30 P.M. Trends in Smart Product Adoption

1:55 P.M. Energy Management Applications in the Smart Home

2:15 P.M. Break

2:45 P.M. Value-added Services: New Strategies

3:10 P.M. Profit Improvement for Energy Providers 

3:30 P.M. Profiles of Early Adopters

3:55 P.M. Personalization  

4:15 P.M. Consumer Engagement: Best Practices in Social Media

4:45 P.M. Engagement

5:00 P.M. Closing Comments  


5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception - Ballroom Foyer


Tuesday, February 17


7:30 a.m.

Registration Open


7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast - Ballroom Foyer


8:30 a.m.

Welcome: Impact of Smart Home and IoT on Consumer Energy Markets - Ballroom AB

Approximately two-thirds of U.S. broadband households are unfamiliar with smart home products or services. The connected home is becoming a reality, but the energy markets need to solidify their role within this evolving ecosystem, including new consumer outreach and educational efforts. Parks Associates opens the sixth-annual Smart Energy Summit with an overview of today's energy consumer and the impact of new technologies, mainstream sales channels, and partnership opportunities.

SPEAKERS

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

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates


9:00 a.m.

Utility Perspectives: Market Impact of New Business Models - Ballroom AB

U.S. broadband households acquired over 20 million smart home devices by the end of 2014. This adoption, combined with new distributed generation options, is changing the traditional utility business model. This session explores trends in distributed generation, demand response, and energy efficiency and their impact on utilities and consumers.

SPEAKERS

Xavier Datin, SVP Prosumer, Schneider Electric

Debbie Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy

Marie Bahl McKenna, SVP of Sales & Marketing, Tendril

Justin Segall, President & Founder, Simple Energy

Ken Wacks, Management & Engineering Consultant, Gridwise Architecture, Council, U.S. Department of Energy

MODERATOR

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


10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Love Your Power - Ballroom AB

NRG - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Sicily Dickenson

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

NRG Energy

NRG Energy - Smart Energy Summit Keynote

New tools to understand and control energy use are changing the industry – but if your customers don’t use them, then so what? Sicily Dickenson, Chief Marketing Officer of NRG, talks about how to get people to love their power. She explores the kinds of experiences that engage people and move a transactional commodity experience to an emotional connection that creates customers for life who are your most powerful marketing engine. She shares her marketing expertise that guides NRG strategies in promoting sustainable, emerging, and advanced energy technologies as part of the whole customer experience. Get in on the conversation by tweeting Sicily at @sicilydickenson using #LoveYourPower for comments and a Q&A at the end of the keynote.


10:30 a.m.

EcoFactor - Smart Energy Summit SponsorRefreshment Break - Ballroom Foyer
Sponsored by EcoFactor


11:00 a.m.

Consumer Engagement Strategies: IoT and Energy Value Proposition - Ballroom AB

Consumers are not naturally engaged in energy solutions—72% do not know where they can buy smart home services. Programs must be designed to educate consumers and provide a seamless experience for the end user. This session addresses cost-effective strategies to leverage behavioral consumer research and engage and enroll customers in energy programs.

SPEAKERS

Steve Connor, Senior Product Line Manager, Nortek Security and Control 

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

Malcolm Smith, CEO, DR2

Emmett Romine, General Manager Development, DTE Energy

Gene Wang, CEO, People Power

MODERATOR

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates


12:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch - Ballroom CD


1:00 p.m.

Building Energy Management Offerings through Smart Devices and Services - Ballroom AB

Nearly 85% of U.S. broadband households have taken some action to reduce their energy usage or costs, but only 14% are familiar with energy management products. Smart product enhancements can improve the energy efficiency of devices throughout their lifetime, but utilities must take steps to engage their consumers and encourage widespread adoption. This panel discusses the opportunities for smart products in energy efficiency programs, including potential benefits to utilities, energy providers, and consumers.

SPEAKERS

Bill Alderson, Corporate Director, Marketing, Rheem

Brian Huey, M2M & IoT Business Development - Smart Energy, Sprint

Jacob Nielson, Business Development Leader, Emerson

Brad Paine, General Manager for Lyric and Total Connect Comfort, Honeywell Connected Home, Honeywell

Mike Soucie, Head of Consumer Product Partnerships, Nest

MODERATOR

Maia Hinkle, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


2:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat Keynote: Channel Strategies for Consumer Engagement - Ballroom AB

Over 40% of likely buyers of smart home systems are interested in alternative monetization schemes to reduce or eliminate monthly service fees. New monetization and distribution strategies are needed to drive consumer engagement and enhance the value proposition for energy offerings. This fireside chat explores partnerships, business strategies, and consumer expectations for energy in the Internet of Things.

SPEAKERS

Dan Lieberman, Head of Research & Standards, SmartThings
Stuart Lombard
, President & CEO, ecobee Inc.

MODERATOR

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


2:30 p.m.

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


3:00 p.m.

Energy Efficiency Programs: Strategies to Accelerate Innovation - Ballroom AB

Currently, 16% of U.S. broadband households own a smart home product. The rapid innovation in smart home solutions is pushing the market to move faster than the traditional utility pilot process. New standards assure that products meet energy efficiency requirements; however, in some cases, the standard may not reward innovation, or may push up pricing, which may drive consumers to repair an older, inefficient system rather than purchase a new one. This panel discusses potential solutions to accelerate energy efficiency program development and rollout. It also discusses the benefits of connectivity, including savings over the product lifetime, and strategies to reward innovation and encourage consumer adoption.

SPEAKERS

Jeremy Eddy, Senior Energy Consultant, Itron

Joe Sullivan, Account Manager, WSI, the professional division of The Weather Company

Bob Swilik, Manager, Advanced Systems, Carrier

Alex Zheng, Head of the SilverLink Business, Silver Spring Networks

MODERATOR

Maia Hinkle, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


4:00 p.m.

Integrating Demand Response into the Smart Home - Ballroom AB

Eight percent of U.S. broadband households own a smart thermostat, and 14% plan to purchase one in the next 12 months. The thermostat represents the majority of DR capabilities in the home. While these and other smart solutions could be key DR assets for energy providers, the execution of a bring-your-own device program is challenging. This panel discusses the business and technical issues and opportunities associated with integrating smart products into DR programs.

SPEAKERS

Mauro Dresti, Manager New Program Development and Launch Mass Markets, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Seth Frader-Thompson, President, EnergyHub

Steve Hambric, VP, Strategic Sales and Operations, Comverge, Inc.

Kenneth Skinner, Vice President, Integral Analytics, Inc.

Paul Wattles, Sr. Analyst, Market Design & Development, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

MODERATOR

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates


5:00 p.m.

Closing Comments & Welcome from our Reception Sponsor - Ballroom AB

SPEAKERS

Lance Brown, VP of Customer Service, Smart Utility Systems

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates


5:15 p.m.

Smart Utility Systems - Smart Energy Summit sponsorNetworking Reception - Ballroom Foyer
Sponsored by Smart Utility Systems


7:30 p.m.

Lowe's - Smart Energy Summit sponsorNetworking Dinner - Stubb's BBQ
Sponsored by Lowe's


Wednesday, February 18


7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast - Ballroom Foyer


8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks - Ballroom AB

SPEAKERS

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

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates


8:45 a.m.

Value-added Services for Retail Energy Providers - Ballroom AB

Approximately two-thirds of U.S. broadband households are interested in a smart energy service. Retail energy providers, faced with selling a commodity at lower margins each year, are looking to tap into this latent demand with a variety of value-added and adjacent services, including HVAC monitoring, home warranties, and energy management. This panel covers the new revenue opportunities for retail energy providers as well as strategies to capture new customers.

SPEAKERS

Martha Amram, Founder & CEO, WattzOn

Scott Burns, Senior Director of Innovation, Reliant, an NRG Company

Patrick James, Director of Innovation, Stream

Shuchi Roy, Director of Innovation Strategy, Direct Energy

MODERATOR

Maia Hinkle, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Smart, Personal, Energy - Ballroom AB

SunPower Keynote - Smart Energy Summit 2015

Ivo Steklac
Vice President and General Manager, Residential & Commercial Energy Solutions
SunPower Corp.

SunPower - Smart Energy Summit

Over the next 20 years, the demand for electricity will grow almost 50 percent and the market value 100 percent, from $2 trillion to $4 trillion. Within this same timeframe, solar generation will grow more than 10 times, from less than 1 percent of today’s energy mix to more than 10 percent. The IEA predicts that by 2050, solar may be the world’s largest source of electricity, ahead of wind, nuclear, and fossil fuels. At SunPower, we believe this is because solar is abundant, solar is renewable, but most of all, because solar is personal. And as such, we also believe that solar can be the cornerstone for Smart, Personal, Energy.


10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break - Ballroom Foyer


10:45 a.m.

Smart Meters: Creating Value in Big Data and Analytics - Ballroom AB

Smart meters enable numerous value-added services. Utilities and other providers are leveraging these devices to develop and deploy disaggregation, energy modeling, and budgeting and notification tools, but they can go further with personalization, in-app and social media advertising, and dashboards customized for the household. This panel covers the applications and business potential for services enabled by smart meters, including their foundational role in data analytics and the energy management side of the Internet of Things.

SPEAKERS

Luke Fishback, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, PlotWatt

Josh Gleason, Customer Success Lead, Bidgely

Grant Muller, Director of Software, Sensus Analytics

Dave Oberholzer, Director, Energy Products & Business Development, WeatherBug Home by Earth Networks

Rodrigo Sanchez, VP, Marketing and Product, EcoFactor

MODERATOR

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


12:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch - Ballroom CD


1:00 p.m.

New Partnerships: Smart Devices in Retail Energy Markets - Ballroom AB

The U.S. market will have nearly 36 million smart home devices by 2017, and energy retailers will be able to use these units to realize a variety of financial gains. Retail energy providers are developing schemes for bidding DR into both ancillary and energy markets, and partnerships are an essential element of many new monetization approaches. This panel discusses different strategies for leveraging connected products as DR assets.

SPEAKERS

Blake Lasuzzo, Senior Vice President, Just Energy

Wannie Park, VP of Utility Solutionss, CEIVA Energy

Jennifer Pulliam, Senior Director, TXU Solutions, TXU Energy

Curtis Snyder, Executive Director, New Business Development, Comcast Cable

MODERATOR

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates


2:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break - Ballroom Foyer


2:30 p.m.

Standards and Interoperability: The Foundation for a Consumer-focused Market - Ballroom AB

The value of interoperability increases with the number of smart products owned: 60% of consumers with three or more products consider interoperability very important. Current standards efforts, including Green Button, OpenADR, and SEP 2.0, can bring utilities and the smart home ecosystem together, but adoption by utilities or smart home vendors is, in many cases, insufficient to drive adoption by the other side. This panel discusses the drivers and barriers for adoption of interoperability standards.

SPEAKERS

Edgar Figueroa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wi-Fi Alliance

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

Christopher Kotting, Executive Director, USNAP Alliance 

Sujata Neidig, VP of Marketing, Thread Group

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

MODERATOR

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


3:30 p.m.

Future of Smart Home Systems and Home Control Platforms - Ballroom AB

Energy management capabilities are a key feature of many home control systems in the market today. Seventy percent of U.S. broadband households are interested in one or more home energy management features, yet few systems include energy data and the associated energy-related value-added services. This panel explores the drivers and barriers to integrating energy management and demand response into smart home services.

SPEAKERS

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

Tom Chmielewski, VP Strategic Sales, iControl Networks

Joe Jankosky, Director, Intelligent Home New Verticals, Time Warner Cable

Jay Kenny, Vice President, Marketing, Alarm.com

Dan Lieberman, Head of Research & Standards, SmartThings

MODERATOR

Maia Hinkle, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


4:30 p.m.

Closing Comments - Ballroom AB


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Questions about speaking? Contact Parks Associates.