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2019 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 18

12:00 p.m.

Smart Energy Summit Pre-Show Workshop Registration Open

1:00-5:00 P.M.

Research Workshop: Opportunities for Energy Providers in the Smart Home
(additional fee to attend - Register Here)
View Agenda, featuring interactive analyst Q&A roundtable plus the following presentations:

Consumer Adoption and Trends for Smart Energy Solutions

Net Zero Homes and Solar Energy

Driving Energy Efficiency Behaviors through Incentives

Smart Product Owner Perspectives on Demand Response

Impact of Voice on the Smart Home

Moving the Market Forward through Solar and DR Programs

5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Tuesday, February 19

7:30 a.m.

Tendril - Smart Energy Summit 2019 keynote speakerRegistration Open
Sponsored by Tendril

7:30 a.m.

FLO - Smart Energy Summit sponsorContinental Breakfast
Sponsored by FLO

8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates

8:30 a.m.

Driving Energy Efficient Consumer Behavior: Reporting and Analytics

New strategies emerging around connected products are turning energy usage into a personal and community experience. Home energy reports, consumer portals, and mobile apps help consumers visualize and understand their energy usage. This session examines strategies to leverage energy data to drive behavior through recommendations, challenges, and rewards to improve efficiency.

Scott Burns, Head of Innovation and Customer Experience, Reliant

Morgan Hertel, Vice President of Technology & Innovation, Rapid Response Monitoring

V Rory Jones, SVP, Franklin Energy

Paul McDonald, Director, Solution Architecture, Oracle Utilities

Emmett Romine, SVP Business Development, Powerley

Moderator: Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates

9:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote - Why the Frowny Face? The Need for a Connected Approach to Home Energy Management

Tendril keynote - Smart Energy Summit 2019

Adrian Tuck



Tendril - Smart Energy Summit 2019 keynote speaker

10:00 a.m.

GiftCard Partners - Smart Energy Summit sponsorNetworking Break
Sponsored by GiftCard Partners

10:30 a.m.

Smart Home Solutions: Aligning Consumer Behavior and Tariff Programs

Demand charges and time-of-use tariffs are designed to incentivize behavioral change around energy usage in the home. Variable tariffs also create complexity for consumers, creating a need to invest in products that automate control and minimize cost. The smart home industry can meet this demand with control solutions that make it simple for households to save energy. This session examines the impact of time-of-use rates on consumers and smart home solutions and how manufacturers and service providers addressing this challenge.

Allison Hamilton, Senior Principal, Markets and Rates, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

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

Dave Kaintz, Senior Program Manager, Southern California Edison

Rebecca Roberts, Section Manager, Innovative Pricing Pilot, Con Edison

Moderator: Denise Ernst, Vice President, Parks Associates

11:30 a.m.

Bidgely - Smart Energy Summit sponsorThe Energy Data Goldmine
Session Sponsored by Bidgely

Most utilities are underutilizing their data and missing major opportunities to strengthen customer relationships, realize new revenue opportunities, and modernize grid operations. The key to unlocking the data goldmine is analytics, largely driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques. This session examines strategies for the energy industry to leverage advanced AI technologies to unlock value and capitalize on electric vehicle adoption, optimize annual spending on DSM budgets in North America, and create a more personalized experience with analytics-driven smart home controls.

Michael Brown, Manager, DSM Services, NV Energy; Chair, PLMA, NV Energy / PLMA

Abhay Gupta, CEO, Bidgely

Matt Johnson, VP, Business Development, EnergyHub

Craig Stepien, Sr. Director Digital Transformation, NextEra Energy

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

12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m.

Aggregation of Energy Storage

By the end of 2017, the total number of PHEVs and BEVs on U.S. highways rose to 740,000. U.S. sales of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery-electric (BEV) vehicles rose year over year in 2017 by 27% to nearly 200,000 vehicles. These vehicles will add significant load to the system, creating new challenges for grid operators and a prime opportunity to develop solutions to integrate these resources into the grid. This session examines the adoption curve for electric vehicles, EV chargers, and residential energy storage deployments, including the benefits of integrating these resources into the grid.

Vish Ganti, Director of Strategy, AutoGrid

Scott Hinson, Chief Technology Officer, Pecan Street Inc

Michelle Meyer, Director of Marketing, Greenlots

Marco Terruzzin, Director, E.ON Climate and Renewables

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

2:30 p.m.

Keynote - How Data and Connectivity Turn Grid Threats into Opportunities

Steve Hambric - Itron - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Steve Hambric

VP Consumer Energy Management


Itron - Keynote - Smart Energy Summit 2019

Utility networks and other sources offer data to help utilities understand and forecast where distributed energy resources (DER) will turn up on the grid. The industry can also put these DERs in context and forecast their impact on costs, reliability, and power quality. This information is critical to building a roadmap not just to manage the impact of DERs but to develop programs that can turn these DERs into grid assets. This presentation addresses the required capabilities that enable a whole stack of operational and financial benefits for utilities.

3:00 p.m.

Austin Energy - Smart Energy Summit sponsorNetworking Break
Sponsored by Austin Energy

3:30 p.m.

Solar, Storage, Smart Home, and the Grid: New Utility Roles in Future Distribution Systems

Rooftop solar deployments are picking up steam. According to EIA, more than half of small-scale PV installations are on residential rooftops. EIA projects, among non-utility distributed energy solar PV installations, residential will outpace commercial applications by more than 350% through 2050. Utilities that are quick to establish their role in distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) will have valuable insights behind the meter, into new revenue and business opportunities with connected consumers and their households. This session discusses the changing role of the distribution system, the impact for home builders and community planners, and how utilities can lay the foundation for their future profit and participation.

Rolf Bienert, Managing and Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance 

Debbie Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications, Austin Energy

Patrick Maloney, Founder & CEO, Inspire

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

4:15 p.m.

Keynote- From "Ratepayers" to Partners: The Value of Designing Customer-centric Device Programs

EnergyHub - Smart Energy Summit keynote speaker

Erika Diamond

VP of Utility and Market Services


EnergyHub - 2019 Smart Energy Summit keynote

For decades, the traditional customer-utility model was a one-way conversation. Utilities sent the bill, and customers paid it, birthing the term “ratepayers.” But as distributed energy resources such as connected thermostats, water heaters, solar and energy storage systems, and electric vehicles have grown in popularity, those ratepayers now own resources that are extremely valuable to utilities.

In this keynote, Erika Diamond shares real enrollment and engagement data used to inform the design of successful connected device programs, as well as describes how program design can actually influence customer behavior and help utilities achieve desired outcomes.

4:45 p.m.

Transition to Distribution System Operator

As adoption of distributed energy resources expands, some utilities have decided that long term, they must adapt to become distribution system operators. This session examines the opportunities and challenges in this transition, the changes in the day-to-day business, and the regulatory and financial implications as utilities adjust to a role that goes beyond the meter.

Evan Caron, Co-founder and Managing Director, Swytch

Dane Christensen, Team Lead, Residential Systems Performance, NREL

Shira Horowitz, Manager, Demand Response, Con Edison

Ken Wacks, President, Home, Building, and Utility Systems

Moderator: Denise Ernst, Vice President, Parks Associates

5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

7:00 p.m.

Dinner at Stubb's
Sponsored by CONNECTIONS™ and ecobee

Wednesday, February 20

7:30 a.m.

Grid4C - Smart Energy Summit sponsorContinental Breakfast
Sponsored by Grid4C

8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates

8:45 a.m.

Incentivizing the Smart Home: Utility Marketplace

Connected products can deliver advanced control, optimization, and monitoring to reduce operating costs and simplify or enhance specific tasks. Online stores branded by utilities are beginning to emerge, providing consumers with a simple way to buy new energy-efficient products like thermostats. This session examines new efforts for utilities to expand their footprint beyond traditional energy services, dissects past efforts, and details new services made possible with the addition of smart home products in the home.

Brian McKee, Director of Online Store, AM Conservation Group, Inc.

Joel Miller, Principle Supervisor, DTE Energy

Judd Moritz, SVP of Solutions, Simple Energy

Anne Arquit Niederberger, VP Market Development, Enervee

Todd Rath, Marketing Service Director, Alabama Power

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

9:45 a.m.

Keynote - Digital Customer - The Smart Assistant's Role in Consumer Engagement

Aaron Berndt - Google keynote speaker - Smart Energy Summit 2019

Aaron Berndt

Head of Central Region Energy Partnerships

Nest / Google

Google - Smart Energy Summit 2019 keynote speaker

Voice gives personality to the smart home and creates new levels of interactivity between consumers and their devices. This keynote provides insight on the emergence of the smart assistant and its connections to new energy use cases and changes in consumer behaviors around energy usage and services.

10:15 a.m.

STRATIS IP - Smart Energy Summit sponsorNetworking Break
Sponsored by STRATIS IoT

10:45 a.m.

Evolution of Energy Management in the Smart Home

The natural progression in the smart home goes from one device providing singular value to many working in concert to deliver a host of benefits. While individual products are driving innovation and energy efficiency, the greatest value comes when multiple devices are controlled in coordination to maximize energy savings. Speakers in this session discuss the multiple product categories active in the home and how crossover use cases can lead to new and valuable energy management scenarios.

Felicite Moorman, CEO, STRATIS IoT

Dain Nestel, Director, ecobee

Zach Schroeck, Director of Product Management, Lutron

Paul Williams, GM Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

11:45 a.m.

Keynote - Customer First: Growth through Peace of Mind

Leah Barton - Direct Energy keynote speaker - Smart Energy Summit

Leah Barton

VP & GM, Home Protection

Direct Energy

Direct Energy - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Engaging the consumer must begin with understanding customer needs. From protecting themselves from financial shocks to helping aging parents remain in their homes, today’s customers are seeking security, simplicity, and personalized solutions. How can the smart energy industry evolve from being product-centric to customer-centric? This presentation addresses how leveraging integrated energy, home services, connected home, and protection offerings can bring customers peace of mind.

12:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m.

Adding Value through Utility Engagement in the Smart Home

While energy management systems are commonplace in commercial buildings, optimization in the residential market is nascent. Utilities can take an active role in energy orchestration, adding value for the consumer while aligning control to benefit the grid, and working as a trusted advisor to consumers, who are often resistant to the notion of relinquishing control. Speakers discuss the benefits to energy providers and end users, how to demonstrate clear value to consumers in order to encourage engagement, and partnership opportunities with smart home vendors.

Shane Fay, SVP Sales and Marketing, Grid4C

Michael Koenig, Head of the Honda Smart Home, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Joe Jankosky, Global Director, Utilities and IoT, Intel

Dave Oberholzer, VP/GM, Energy Management, Whisker Labs

Bud Vos, CEO, Enbala

Moderator: Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates

2:15 p.m.

Demand Response in the Smart Home

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) demand response programs are gaining momentum. Consumer adoption of smart thermostats reached 13% at the end of 2017, 32% of households own at least one product that can be controlled with their smartphone, and the popularity of voice control makes smart speakers with voice assistants a new key platform throughout the smart home ecosystem. Aggregators will play a role in this vision by eliminating friction as multiple players integrate their solutions into fragmented market. In this session, a variety of utility and smart home players discuss ways to change and improve control algorithms and engagement strategies as the smart home industry expands.

Jason Dudley, Senior Planning Analyst, SRP

Scott Harkins, VP/GM, Resideo

Shira Horowitz, Manager, Demand Response, Con Edison

Robert Munin, General Manager, Thermostats, Johnson Controls Inc.

Moderator: Denise Ernst, Vice President, Parks Associates

3:00 p.m.

Intel - Smart Energy Summit 2019 sponsorNetworking Break
Sponsored by Intel

3:30 p.m.

Optimizing Control with Energy Data

Parks Associates surveys consistently show consumers want access to their energy data; however, solutions must be simple to use and interpret, otherwise participation will be limited. The energy industry recognizes this requirement, given the wide availability of energy dashboards and portals for consumers. However, some utilities are reluctant to open access to energy data to third parties through programs such as Green Button. This session looks at opportunities to expand access to energy data and expand services.

Gary High, SVP Marketing and Product Management, Landis + Gyr

Bob King, VP, Policy, Smart Energy Water

Michael Phillips, Co-founder and CEO, Sense

Cengizhan Yenerim, Director of Demand Risk Management, ENGIE representing Green Button Alliance

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

4:15 p.m.

Home Services Revenue Opportunities

Energy is one of many services required by a home. Retail energy providers throughout the U.S. are expanding to include smart home services, insurance, and home warranty services. This session examines these efforts and the early lessons learned from successes and failures, and speakers discuss the role of energy providers in this new space as they acquire new businesses, partners, and competitors.

Joseph Carangelo, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Baker Electric Home Energy

Tony Frangiosa, CEO, InstallerNet

Alton Martin, Co-Founder, TruSource Labs

Matt Robbins, Head of Hive, North America, Hive

Samudra Sen, Vice President, TXU Energy

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

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