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27 OCT 2011

Smart Energy Summit addresses the value proposition of energy management solutions for operators, utilities, and consumers

Motorola & Verizon to keynote Parks Associates’ annual conference focused on consumer solutions

International research firm Parks Associates will address the growing market for energy management solutions at the third-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 28-March 1, 2012, in Austin, Texas, which will feature a joint keynote from Verizon and Motorola Mobility. Jeff Crews, Director of Business Development, 4Home Connected Solutions at Motorola Mobility, Inc., and Ann Shaub, Director of Product Management at Verizon, will co-deliver the luncheon keynote on Wednesday, February 29.

The conference will feature Parks Associates’ consumer research about energy usage and attitudes and industry analysis on significant standards developments such as Smart Energy Profile 2.0 (SEP 2.0). Parks Associates research shows the percentage of U.S. households with some form of energy management network will rise from 2% in 2011 to 13% by 2015, aided by the entry of major players like Best Buy, AT&T, Verizon, ADT, and Motorola Mobility and new devices like the Nest, a smart thermostat designed to appeal to the iPhone generation.

However, the utilities, service and security providers, retailers, and energy-solution companies in this market face new questions regarding mobile apps, the role of connected CE, and privacy and ownership of household and consumer data.

"Consumer interest is driving growth - with 80% of U.S. households recently investing in some form of energy-related improvement for their current home," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "Market expansion is creating new challenges such as data ownership and security, so development of SEP 2.0 and other standards is an important step. Smart Energy Summit will analyze the impact of these new standards and examine case studies in the U.S. and around the world to identify best practices in deploying solutions and engaging consumers.”

Analysts and key players at Smart Energy Summit will analyze strategies such as cloud services and advanced tablets and smartphones that can successfully leverage current consumer interest in energy solutions.

Early Summit Sponsors include Greenwave Reality and Sigma Designs.

Companies on the Smart Energy Summit advisory board are Best Buy; Blue Line Innovations; CableLabs; Edison SmartConnect; GE; Gridwise Council, U.S. Department of Energy; Itron; Motorola Mobility; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; San Diego Gas & Electric; Smart Grid News; and Verizon.

For information or to submit to speak, visit www.smartenergysummit2012.com, or contact sales@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.