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January 22, 2020

Parks Associates: 10% of consumers installed variable-speed pool pumps or solar panels in 2019, a 66% increase over 2018

Arcadia Power, Innowatts, Sunrun, Direct Energy, IBM, Lennox, Schneider Electric, and more address energy management in the home at Smart Energy Summit

Parks Associates’ latest research shows 10% of US broadband households report extreme energy-saving measures, by installing solar panels or a variable-speed pool pump, an increase of 66% from 2018 to 2019. Over that same time, 40% made home improvements to save energy, a 14% increase. Parks Associates will host its eleventh annual Smart Energy Summit, February 17-19, in Austin, Texas, to examine opportunities for energy providers to convert consumer interest in energy services into actual purchases, including the role of DIY solutions and other innovations to drive broader consumer adoption of energy management.

Event sponsors include FLO, Rapid Response Monitoring, AutoGrid, Bidgely, Copper Labs, Everise, Zen Ecosystems, Alarm.com, Sprosty Network, Austin Energy, and Inspire.

“Consumers are making home improvements to save energy and installing energy-saving solutions to reduce energy consumption,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates.  “We have also seen an increase across the board of high familiarity with energy programs, indicating that marketing and new initiatives are having an impact on consumer choices for energy-saving solutions in the home.”

Parks Associates will host a pre-show workshop, “Trends and Opportunities in Residential Energy Management,” featuring detailed findings from Parks Associates' consumer and industry studies on the smart home, IoT, and energy management markets.

 Parks Associates - Energy Saving Actions 2020 consumer research 


Rob Davis, General Manager, Intrusion, Johnson Controls

Rudy Garza, Interim Chief Customer Engagement Officer, CPS Energy

Abhay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Bidgely

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

Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates


Vikram Aggarwal, CEO, EnergySage

Eric Arnold, Residential Energy Efficiency Program Implementation Manager, Georgia Power

Rand Bailin, Partner, Sprosty Network

Shawn Barry, VP Strategic Sales, Alarm.com

Justin Berghoff, Director, Business Development & Product Management, Leviton

Joel Berntsen, Principal, New Technologies & Partnerships, Innovation & Growth Initiatives, Constellation Energy

Peter Butler, General Manager, Trusource Labs / Everise

Stacey Butler, Director, Security by Reliant, Reliant Home Services, and NRG Go, Reliant

Ron Chebra, Vice President, Grid Modernization, EnerNex

Jonathan Coons, Director of Marketing, EFI

Tim Costello, Chairman & Chief Executive, Builder Home Site

Eric Danziger, Chief Revenue Officer, Innowatts

Jeff Dion, Project Line Manager, FLO

James Douglas, President, Util-Assist Inc., a subsidiary of Alectra Utilities; Grid4C Board Member

Dan Forman, CEO, Copper Labs

Joel Gamoran, General Manager, Community Solar, Arcadia Power

Manny Garza, Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy

Ryan Gooch, VP of Sales, Powerley

Daan Goossens, VP of Growth, Mysa Smart Thermostats

David Goswick, Founder, HOUSE X

Roger Gregory, VP, Product, Ezlo Innovation

Sweta Hari, Director, Product Management, Lennox International

Scott Harkins, Vice President, General Manager of Connected Home, Resideo 

Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute

Reed Hinkel, Senior Manager, PSA Certified, Arm / PSA Certified

Joe Jankosky, Global Director, Utilities and IoT, Intel

Adam Justice, Founder and CEO, ConnectSense

Rahul Kar, VP of Industry Solutions, AutoGrid Systems

Christopher Keefe, Director - Product Management, Schneider Electric

Jay Lasseter, VP Sales, Landis+Gyr North America

Matthieu Loos, Director of Decarbonization, Hoa Cleantech

Håkan Ludvigson, CEO & Founder, Eliq

Emmanuel Maçon-Dauxerre, VP Global Accounts & Projects, Telit

Nathan Mancha, Director, EDF Energy

James Mater, GM, Smart Grid, QualityLogic, Inc.

Tom Matzzie, Founder, President & CEO, CleanChoice Energy

James McPhail, CEO, Zen Ecosystems

Martin Milani, CEO, Sunverge

Spencer Moore, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Rapid Response Monitoring Services

Felicite Moorman, CEO, STRATIS IoT

Troy Morgan, CEO & Founder, PanTech Design

Wayne Morrison, Principal of Emerging Technologies, Reliant

James Muraca, VP of Product, Zen Ecosystems

Allison Neves, President, A7 Advisors

Daniel Nguyen, Senior Director, Marketing, FLO | AddÉnergie

Anne Arquit Niederberger, VP Market Development, Enervee

Wannie Park, VP Corporate and Business Development, Inspire

Mike Phillips, CEO, Sense

Karl Popham, Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy

Daniel Roesler, Co-founder & CTO, UtilityAPI

Dan Ross, VP of Sales, Racepoint Energy

Suzanne Russo, CEO, Pecan Street Inc

Paul Schueller, Founder & CEO, Franklin Energy

Katie Shrewsberry, Founder, EcoCred, Exelon

Jamie Staples, Head of Key Energy Partnerships, Google

Emilie Stone, Director of Product, Uplight

Jason Thomas, Associate Director, Advanced Systems Product Management, Carrier

Camille Vargas, B2B Marketing Manager, Yonomi

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

Mike Wajsgras, Executive Director, Innovation and Growth, Constellation

Michael Wenzlaff, Senior Program Manager, Electric Vehicles, BC Hydro

Steve Wheat, Sr. Program Manager, Grid Services, Sunrun Inc.

Paul Williams, GM Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting

James Wilson, General Manager, Silicon Labs

Don Wingate, VP Microgrid Solution & Strategic Alliances, Schneider Electric 


Smart Energy Summit addresses the new approaches and solutions that are using connectivity and data to transform how energy is delivered. The Summit will also examine the impact of smart home, AI and data analytics, and new energy storage solutions on utilities, energy service providers, and consumers.

To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request data, please contact Elizabeth Parks at eparks@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113.

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.