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FEB 2, 2017

7% of U.S. broadband households own smart light bulbs

Firm announces speakers for eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit, February 20-22 in Austin

New IoT research from Parks Associates shows that 7% of U.S. broadband households own smart light bulbs. The firm notes that while smart thermostats are the most popular single energy-based smart home device (11%), smart light bulbs encourage more multiple purchases. Owners of these devices have an average number of 2.4, compared to approximately one device per smart thermostat household.

The international firm and other key industry leaders in the smart home, energy, and IoT spaces will examine strategies for utilities to leverage these smart home devices to benefit the grid and develop compelling value propositions for their customers at the eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 20-22, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas.

Average Number of Smart Home Devices Owned | Parks Associates

“Creating a mass market for energy management is challenging, but there is a vital role for energy within the smart home,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “Consumers can benefit from a number of engaging products that provide cost savings, appliance monitoring, and smart lighting that can change color to set a mood in different rooms throughout the house. Speakers at Smart Energy Summit will share insights on their experiences selling IoT solutions to consumers.”

“If you are looking for ways to enhance the customer experience, this is a must-attend conference – great speakers, insightful research, and innovative ideas – all focused on engaging energy consumers in mutually beneficial ways,” said Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy.

"The Smart Energy Summit is an excellent event for us to keep a finger on the pulse of how utilities are engaging consumers and how Bidgely disaggregation technology can help empower those efforts," said Leesa Lee, VP Marketing, Bidgely.

“We believe solar energy is a key component of a smart home,” said Jeremy Warren, CTO of Vivint Smart Home. “Combining rooftop solar power with smart learning capabilities will help homeowners manage energy and save money, which enhances their smart home experience."

The Smart Energy Summit agenda features keynotes, presentations, and speaker panels from experts in energy management, with discussions on new technologies and consumer research. Parks Associates will also host a pre-conference research workshop, “Utilities and Consumer Engagement Strategies,” on Monday, February 20, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

At the workshop, industry expert Kenneth Wacks will share his insights on interoperability (making everything work together). “For too long, interoperability has been a stated goal but in reality rarely crosses application domains. I have personally wrestled with interoperability failures because manufacturers focused on products rather than systems. This must change in order to achieve a mass market for integrated home systems.”

The following speakers will participate in the Smart Energy Summit:

2017 Keynotes and Key Speakers

Kevin Butt, General Manager, Environmental, Toyota Motor North America

Abigail Daken, ENERGY STAR Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Irene Dimitry, Vice President, Business Planning and Development, DTE Energy and Manoj Kumar, CEO, Powerley

Sudeep Maitra, Global Director of Strategy and Development, Centrica Connected Home

Ann McCabe, Consultant; Former Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

2017 Speakers

Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

Benjamin Brown, Senior Product Manager, Google Home Lead for Apps & Connectivity, Google

Bryan Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer, Vivint Solar

Amy Kight Costadone, Manager, Data Governance and Products, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)

Mark Cosby, Director - Business Development, Westar Energy

Gregory L. Craig, CEO, Griddy Energy LLC

Nancy Cronin, Managing Partner, ipCapital Group, Inc.

Eric Danziger, Co-founder and Vice President, Genability

Tanuj Deora, Chief Strategy Officer, SEPA (Smart Electric Power Alliance)

Erika Diamond, VP & GM, Energy Markets, EnergyHub, Inc.

Mauro Dresti, Senior Manager, Demonstrations & Pilots: Product Development & Division Management, Southern California Edison (SCE)

John Floyd, Energy Efficiency & Renewables Manager, Gulf Power, a Southern Company

Jordan Frugé, Chief Marketing Officer, Sunnova

Vineet Ganju, VP, Voice & Audio, Conexant

Bruce Germano, Vice President, Enterprise Development and Operations, Jasmine Universe, LLC

Jeff Hamel, Head of North American Energy Partnerships, Nest Labs

Cullen Hay, General Manager, U.S. Energy, Direct Energy

Dr. Marissa Hummon, Senior Energy Scientist, Tendril

Siva Iyer, Head of Smart Controls, Carrier

Joe Jankosky, Global Director, Energy Markets, Intel

Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy

Robert J. King, President, Good Company Associates

Leesa Lee, VP Marketing, Bidgely

Ryan Lester, Director, IoT Strategy, LogMeIn

Olaf Lohr, Director of Business Development, Sonnen, Inc. 

Stuart Lombard, Founder & CEO, ecobee

Matt Mahar, VP of Consumer Experience, Vivint Smart Home

Nathan Mancha, Director of Demand Response, EDF Energy Services, LLC

Bob Marshall, CEO, Whisker Labs

Alton Martin, Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs

Derek Mauzy, Principal, Innovation and Competitive Intelligence, Reliant/NRG

Matt McCaffree, Senior Director, Regulatory Strategy, Comverge, Inc.

Kevin Meagher, SVP, ROC-Connect

David Meyers, CCO, Grid4C

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

Rob Munin, President and CEO, LUX Products

Michael Murray, President, Mission:data Coalition

Erik Norwood, CEO, Curb Inc.

Derek Okada, Senior Manager, Policy & Planning, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Matt Owens, Director Business Development, Stem, Inc.

Sean Paterson, Channel Sales Manager, Nest Labs

Jorge Perdomo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development, MivaTek

Roy Perry, VP, Alarm.com

Gregg C. Sayre, Commissioner, New York State Public Service Commission; NYRev 

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

Kevin Schwain, Director of Program Strategy & Development, Xcel Energy

Jason Sears, Senior Lead, Solar Strategy and Development, Green Mountain Energy, a NRG company

Ingmar Sterzing, VP Power Supply and Energy Services, Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Russell Vare, Manager, Business Development, Mercedes-Benz Energy

Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Utility Systems

Mike Wajsgras, Director, Channel Development, Constellation

Gene Wang, CEO and Co-founder, People Power

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

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

Moderators / Parks Associates Analysts

Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates


Conference sponsors include People Power Company, Austin Energy, Bidgely, Carrier, ecobee, EnergyHub, Hampton Products International, Honeywell, Powerley, Trusource Labs, UtilityShield, The Weather Company, Whisker Labs, Xively, Grid4C, ipCapital Group, MivaTek, and State Farm.

Conference supporters include ACEEE, Advanced Energy Economy, Internet of Things Consortium, AltEnergyMag.com, Antenna, B2 Group, CIOReview, Conference Guru, Engerati, Green Button Alliance, HomeGrid Forum, Hometoys, IoT Today, ISE Magazine, Israeli Smart Energy Association, KNXtoday, LonMark International, Mission Data, NEEP, oneM2M, OpenADR Alliance, Open Connectivity Foundation, POWERGRID International, Smart Energy Journal, Smart Grid Spain, Smart Grid Today, TD The Market Publishers, TelcoProfessionals, TREIA, USNAP Alliance, Utility Dive, Utility Post, Wi-Fi Alliance, and WSNBuzz.com.

Parks Associatesis accepting press pass requests for Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer athttp://www.parksassociates.com/ses-presspass. More information about the Smart Energy Summit is available at www.SES2017.com. To speak with an analyst or request specific research data, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.comor 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.