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2018 Agenda

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. The deadline to submit a speaking proposal has passed, but Parks Associates will continue to review submissions. Submit to speak.

Monday, February 19

12:00 p.m.

Smart Energy Summit Registration Open

1:00-5:00 P.M.

Parks Associates Smart Energy Workshop
The Role of Energy Providers in the Smart Home (additional fee to attend - Register Here)

5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Tuesday, February 20
Changing Role of Energy and Utilities

7:30 a.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Energy providers are expanding their service offerings to include energy monitoring and energy management services, and some are moving aggressively into many adjacencies, including home services, security, and smart home solutions. Parks Associates opens the conference with an overview of the changing role of energy providers.

Tom Kerber, Director, Parks Associates

8:30 a.m.

Energy Efficiency and the Smart Home Interactive Panel

Utilities are expanding energy efficiency programs to include smart thermostats and a broad range of products throughout the home. Rebates and on-bill financing can have a dramatic impact on adoption and play a critical role in expanding adoption beyond early adopters. This session examines how smart home solutions are driving energy efficiency and how energy efficiency programs are impacting smart home adoption.

Anne Arquit Niederberger PhD, VP Market Development, Enervee
Mike Bates, Global General Manager, Energy, Intel
Wayne Callendar, Zero Emissions Resource Manager, CPS Energy
Chris Carradine, EVP, ecobee
Shane Fay, SVP Sales and Marketing, Grid4C
Brian Kirchman, New Product Program Manager, Customer Programs, Commonwealth Edison

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote: “Hey Google, What’s Next for Energy Providers?”

Nest - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Jamie Staples
Head of Retail Energy Partnerships
Nest Labs

Nest - Smart Energy Summit keynote

In the last quarter of 2017, customers bought more than one Google Home device every second. Parks Associates forecasts that by 2021, 55% of U.S. broadband households will have a smart speaker with a voice-controlled personal assistant. With this clear draw toward voice, is the new paradigm for customer engagement shifting away from the screen? In this keynote, Jamie walks through the latest developments on voice and highlights examples of where energy providers can capitalize on the growing voice-enabled product category.

10:15 a.m.

Grid4C - Smart Energy Summit sponsorRefreshment Break
Sponsored by Grid4C

10:45 a.m.

Energy Monitoring and Management: New Revenue Opportunities Interactive Panel

Energy monitoring and management services create clear value for consumers, and data analytics is driving new value-added services and opportunities for new business models. As solutions move from monitoring and reporting to providing recommendations and automation, consumer interest increases. This session examines new opportunities for utilities and energy providers around next-generation energy monitoring and energy management solutions.

Amena Ali, CRO, Whisker Labs
Joel Miller, Principal Supervisor, DTE
Erik Norwood, Founder & CEO, CURB
Gerry O'Brien, COO, Blue Line Innovations

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

11:45 a.m.

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

12:45 p.m.

Net Zero Homes and the Evolution of Home Energy Management Interactive Panel

The desire to create net-zero energy homes has persisted for decades, and now it is becoming financially viable to build these homes. Yet while some of the components needed to build a net-zero home are cost competitive, other components are not. This session examines the competitive landscape for energy efficiency and the implications for home energy management as builders move on the path to net-zero homes.

Dane Christensen, Manager, Residential Systems Innovation & Performance, NREL
Ben Clarin, Sr. Project Manager, Electric Power Research Institute
Blake Richetta, SVP, sonnen Inc.
Dave Kaintz
, Senior Manager, Southern California Edison

Moderator: Denise Ernst, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


1:30 p.m.

Keynote - Housing Market Disruption

CR Herro - Smart Energy Summit Keynote - Meritage Homes

Geoff Ferrell

Chief Technology Officer

Mandalay Homes


In this keynote, a national production builder reviews the industry and the external forces that are reshaping home building in the U.S. Mr. Ferrell analyzes the performance and business strategies driving changes that will enhance value for the buyer, utility, and community.

2:00 p.m.

Energy Providers: Defining the Role in Home Energy Management Interactive Panel

Smart meter deployments are expected to reach 90 million by 2020, creating an opportunity for utilities to offer home energy management services, time-varying tariffs, and grid integration of whole-home energy management solutions, but energy providers must compete or partner with smart home players to win with consumers. This session examines the role of the utility within the home energy management ecosystem.

Prateek Chakravarty, Head, International Sales and Customer Success, Bidgely
Chris DeSchamp, Director Customer Solutions Development, Vectren
Debbie Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy
Kevin Klages, Senior Vice President, Mass Markets, Constellation
Manoj Kumar, CEO, Powerley

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

3:00 p.m.

Parks AssociatesRefreshment Break
Sponsored by Parks Associates

3:30 p.m.

Energy Providers: Opportunities Beyond Energy Management Interactive Panel

Retail energy providers are experiencing eroding margins on electricity, creating a need to diversify services. Home services including HVAC services, solar power, and home warranty services, all which are synergistic with smart home solutions, are among the many bundling opportunities. This session examines new service options and analyzes the strategies for energy providers to change consumer perceptions of energy utilities and forge new relationships with their customers.

Kari Binley, Expert Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric
Mark Cosby, Director of Business Development, Westar Energy
Deb Merril, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Just Energy
Alton Martin, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs
Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant

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

4:30 p.m.

Keynote - Digital Transformation: Creating New Opportunities for Utilities and Consumers

Russ Vanos - Itron - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Steve Hambric

Vice President, Distributed Energy Management

Itron - Smart Energy Summit

5:00 p.m.

End of Day Wrap Up and Q&A Session

5:30 p.m.

Consumer Analytics - Parks Associates consumer researchNetworking Reception
Sponsored by Consumer Analytics

Wednesday, February 21
Understanding Distributed Energy Resources

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Parks Associates reviews the key topics from day one and discusses adoption and integration of distributed energy resources with the grid and their impact on the consumer relationship with their utility.

Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

8:45 a.m.

Innovation in the Smart Home Market Interactive Panel

Voice control and lower-cost products are moving penetration beyond early adopters, creating new opportunities for energy providers to enroll consumers in time-of-use, demand charges, and pay-for-performance DR programs. This session examines innovation in the smart home market and strategies that leverage the installed base of smart thermostats and the broader smart home to drive consumer participation in DR programs.

Erika Diamond, VP and GM of Energy Markets, EnergyHub, Alarm.com
Siva Iyer, Director, Smart Home, Carrier
Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy
Jayesh Shah
, Director, Marketing Strategy, Direct Energy

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

9:45 a.m.

Keynote - Partnering for the Future of Mobility

ChargePoint - Smart Energy Summit Keynote

Dave Packard

Vice President, Utility Solutions


ChargePoint - Smart Energy Summit 2018

The market for electric vehicles is growing. As the number of EV models on the road increases, strategic partnerships will be key to supporting the shift to electrification. Driver expectations and fueling behaviors change when driving an EV and provide a tremendous opportunity for stakeholders from utilities and energy providers to businesses to benefit from changes in driver behavior. This keynote highlights how partnerships with utilities, energy providers, businesses, and others provide additional value to consumers and are advancing the market.

10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m.

Residential Battery Storage and EVs Presentation Panel

Electric vehicles and the electrification of transportation will add significant load to the system, creating new challenges for grid operators. At the same time, behind-the-meter storage is gaining momentum, especially in commercial accounts, as new business models bundle grid services, financing, and demand charge reduction. The session examines the impact of electric vehicles on the grid and the opportunity for behind-the-meter storage.

Kevin Schwain, Director, Product Strategy, Xcel Energy
Justin Segall, President & Founder, Simple Energy
Jessie Shoemaker, Energy Storage Business Developer, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas

Moderator: Denise Ernst, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

11:30 a.m.

Keynote - Smart Neighborhoods and the Future of Energy

Southern Company EVP - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Kim Greene

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Southern Company

Southern Co. - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Southern Company understands the world is changing, and we must change with it. We have strategically positioned ourselves to be an industry leader in innovation as we build the future of energy. Southern Company and its Alabama Power and Georgia Power subsidiaries have officially announced Smart Neighborhood initiatives that will provide customers with state-of-the-art home construction, distributed energy resources – including solar and battery energy storage – and smart home appliances and technologies.

The first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhoods – located in Atlanta and suburban Birmingham, Alabama – will benefit customers through greater reliability, increased use of distributed energy resources, and lower costs. These communities have the potential to further enable the smart grid and help the Southern Company system better meet customers’ evolving energy needs.

These collaborative research projects with Alabama Power, Georgia Power, and our partners will deepen our understanding of how distributed energy resources interact with the electric grid and how emerging technologies improve customers’ lives.

12:00 p.m.

Special Session: Expanding the 24/7 Consumer Relationship with IoT

This special session examines strategies for energy providers to leverage IoT-based solutions and partnerships in order to expand relationships with their consumers.  Gene Wang, CEO of Silicon-Valley based People Power Co., and David Meisegeier, VP and Senior Technical Director at ICF, share their perspectives and experiences on driving consumer adoption of connected home services and discuss the role of energy providers in this opportunity-rich market. The discussion focuses on the array of considerations facing the industry as energy providers extend their services to create delightful experiences that meet the expectations of today’s connected consumers.

David Meisegeier, VP and Senior Technical Director, ICF
Gene Wang, CEO, People Power

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

12:30 p.m.

Connected Health SummitNetworking Lunch
Sponsored by Connected Health Summit

1:30 p.m.

Managing the Grid with Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Interactive Panel

Adoption of distributed energy resources, smart home solutions, and energy monitoring services will allow energy providers to predict the load shape for households, communities, and cities with greater precision and create energy plans that closely match local needs. This session looks at the future of energy planning and grid management as more consumers adopt solutions that can coordinate multiple individual devices and shape a household’s load profile.

Rich Barone, Manager, Demand Response, Hawaiian Electric / PLMA
Ben Cohen, Global Strategy Manager, AutoGrid
Denver Hinds
, R&D Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Dr. Marissa Hummon, Director of Product, Tendril
Matt Johnson, VP of Business Development, EnergyHub

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

2:30 p.m.

Wholesale Market Opportunities Interactive Panel

While utilities work to integrate distributed energy resources into utility programs, wholesale power markets play an important role in creating financial incentives to integrate those products to serve the needs of the grid. This session examines current wholesale market opportunities and the outlook for market evolution as adoption of distributed energy resources increases.

Robbie Berglund, Business Unit Executive, The Weather Company, an IBM Business
Bob King, CEO, Good Company Associates
Peter Klauer, Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, California ISO
Greg Sorenson
, PE, CIA, Supervisor, Market Power and Mitigation, Southwest Power Pool (SPP)
Paul Wattles
, Sr. Analyst, Market Design & Development, ERCOT

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

3:30 p.m.

Closing Comments

3:45 p.m.

Networking Reception

Questions about speaking? Contact Parks Associates.