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21 OCT 2015

AT&T, Comcast, GE, LG Electronics and Other Leading Companies Join Advisory Board for Parks Associates’ 2016 Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer

Industry Event Examines Expanding Market for Energy Solutions and Smart Home Controls

Parks Associates today announced the advisory board for the Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, to be held February 22-24, 2016, in Austin. The firm recently announced new research showing nearly 20% of U.S. broadband households own a smart home device and 5% of households own a security system with home control products, and both consumer segments are key early targets for energy management and monitoring services.

The following advisory board members will help shape the event agenda and topics in presenting strategies to engage consumers in energy solutions:

  •  Alarm.com  - Roy Perry, Vice President, Ecosystem Alliances
  • AT&T - Kevin Peterson, Senior Vice President, AT&T Digital Life Services
  • Austin Energy - Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions
  • Comcast - Dan Herscovici, SVP and General Manager, Xfinity Home
  • EnergyHub - Seth Frader-Thompson, President
  • Florida Power & Light (FPL) - Patrick Agnew, In-Home Technology Program Manager
  • GE, Digital Energy - Robby Simpson, PhD, System Architect
  • Gridwise Architecture Council - Ken Wacks, Member; Consultant, Home, Building & Utility Systems
  • Honeywell - Ann Perreault, Marketing Director, Honeywell Building Solutions | Smart Grid Solutions
  • Icontrol Networks - Letha McLaren, CMO
  • Landis+Gyr - Clark Pierce, VP and GM of Load Management Solutions
  • LG Electronics - Steve Oh, PhD, Senior Vice President, HEMS Task, Energy Business Center
  • Nest Labs - Ben Bixby, Director of Energy Products
  • NRG/Reliant - Scott Burns, Director of Innovation
  • Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) - Patty Durand, Executive Director
  •  TXU Energy - Samudra Sen, Vice President - TXU Solutions

“Manufacturers are adding connectivity to differentiate the capabilities, features, and benefits of smart home products,” said Tom Kerber, Director, Home Systems Research, Parks Associates. “The Smart Energy Summit brings together key leaders from utilities, retail energy providers, distributed generation and storage, and the smart home industry to discuss partnership opportunities, innovations in energy management, novel utility programs, and new business models that create value for the consumer.”

Parks Associates’ Energy Management Bundles shows energy monitoring services are more appealing among owners of smart home products than among non-owners. Over 70% of smart product owners are willing to pay $2.99 per month to receive energy monitoring services. Consumers under the age of 35 who own their home are the leading segment for smart product ownership.

At the annual Smart Energy Summit, Parks Associates analysts, media, and industry leaders evaluate new partnerships, strategies for consumer engagement, and deployment plans for energy and management solutions in the connected home. The agenda features speakers representing utilities, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs presenting on the state of the market and emerging consumer and business opportunities.

Early sponsors for Smart Energy Summit include Tendril, Affinegy, ecobee, and WeatherBug Home. Event supporters include Antenna Systems & Technology, FierceEnergy, HomePlug Alliance, IoT Today, KNX Today, OpenADR Alliance, Remote Site & Equipment Management magazine, SmartGridNews, and WSN Buzz.

More information about the Smart Energy Summit is available at www.SES2016.com. To speak with Tom Kerber or request specific research data, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com or 720-987-6614.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer addresses the evolution of the consumer utility market, the impact of COVID-19 on energy management programs, and new opportunities to drive engagement in utility-sponsored programs. Virtual panels and networking sessions, featuring executive-level experts from multiple industries, address strategies for utilities, service providers, retailers, software providers, and manufacturers to expand and monetize energy management and other energy-focused offerings through consumer engagement, new business models, unique partnerships, and innovative technologies.

Smart Energy Summit features an in-person conference February 13-15 at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, with virtual sessions on June 15, August 17, and November 9. The summit agenda features leaders from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy23. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit www.smartenergysmt.com.