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Jan 23, 2018


Parks Associates: 12% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy solar panels in 2018

Speakers for the ninth-annual Smart Energy Summit include Austin Energy, Carrier, DTE, Mercedes-Benz, Nest, and many more

New energy research announced today by Parks Associates reveals 12% of U.S. broadband households that do not currently have solar PV panels are likely to purchase them in the next year. The IoT research firm notes the most popular energy-efficiency equipment for 2018 is a backup generator, with 19% of current non-owners planning to make this purchase.

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Parks Associates will present smart energy research and lead discussions on utility strategies to increase and leverage consumer interest in these solutions at the ninth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 19-21, at the Omni Austin Downtown in Austin, Texas. The event features keynotes from ITRON and Meritage Homes and features expert discussions on new growth opportunities for energy providers in the residential markets.

“Energy efficiency enables utilities to utilize incentives to establish a position in the smart home market,” said Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates. “We will explore their opportunities and trends in consumer demand in depth at Smart Energy Summit.”

Smart Energy Summit features two key sessions on February 20 focused on new opportunities for energy providers in home energy management and beyond.

Speakers for “Energy Providers: Defining the Role in Home Energy Management”:

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, SVP, Mass Markets, Constellation

Manoj Kumar, CEO, Powerley

Speakers for “Energy Providers: Opportunities beyond Energy Management”:

Kari Binley, Expert Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric

Mark Cosby, Director, Business Development, Westar Energy

Deb Merril, Co-CEO, Just Energy

Alton Martin, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs

Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant

Conference sponsors include Tendril, Rapid Response, Affinegy, Alarm.com, Austin Energy, Bidgely, Carrier, Innotrail, Powerley, Trusource Labs, The Weather Company, Whisker Labs, and the Z-Wave Alliance.

Conference supporters include ACEEE, AltEnergyMag.com, Antenna, B2 Group, Best SEOs, Best Web Design Agencies, CIOReview, Conference Guru, Crowd Reviews, Green Button Alliance, Homeenergy.org, HomeGrid Forum, Hometoys, Innovation & Tech Today, ISE Magazine, Internet of Things Consortium, KNXtoday, LonMark International, Market Publishers, oneM2M, OpenADR Alliance, Open Connectivity Foundation, PLMA, Predicting our Future, Smart Grid Today, Telco Professionals, TREIA, Utility Dive, Visibility Magazine, and Wi-Fi Alliance.

Parks Associatesis accepting press pass requests for Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer atwww.parksassociates.com/ses-presspass. More information about the Smart Energy Summit is available at www.SES2018.com. To speak with an analyst or request specific research data, contact Julia Homier at Julia.homier@parksassociates.comor 972-996-0214.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines the changing role of utilities and energy providers in the IoT era and offers research and insights on new opportunities to empower consumers with smart solutions to manage and save energy in the home. The conference addresses key questions for energy providers around leadership and alignment of goals between residential energy management solutions and the grid and presents strategies to expand business and revenue goals by incorporating smart products into energy programs.

Smart Energy Summit focuses on identifying opportunities across converging ecosystems to create new value in energy solutions through partnerships that leverage connected devices, energy management, utility services, and home control platforms and services. Research analysts, thought leaders, and industry executives present and discuss business strategies, case studies, partnership opportunities, and consumer research that utilities, service providers, retailers, and manufacturers can use to expand and monetize their energy offerings.

The tenth-annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 18-20, 2019, at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown in Austin, Texas. 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 #SmartEnergy19. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit www.ses2019.com.