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Parks Associates announces 14th annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer will be held February 13-15, in Austin, Texas

EnergyHub, CPS Energy, and Austin Energy to keynote annual event focused on home energy management and the future of the grid 

Parks Associates today announced the topics and keynote speakers for the 14th annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, to be held February 13-15 in Austin, Texas, at the Omni Austin Downtown Hotel. The executive conference highlights Parks Associates’ consumer data and industry insights regarding the growth of the residential energy ecosystem, including the transformation of the business model for utilities, the impact of connected devices on distributed energy resource management, and effective incentives to help save and reduce energy consumption.

Event sponsors include Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), Rapid Response Monitoring, Copper Labs, EnergyHub, and Questline Digital. Smart Energy Summit also features virtual sessions on June 15, August 17, and November 9. Confirmed keynote speakers for the in-person event:

  • Erika Diamond, SVP, Head of Customer Solutions, EnergyHub
  • DeAnna Hardwick, EVP, Customer Strategy, CPS Energy
  • Karl Popham, Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy

“Almost half of households have made energy-saving renovations or added major energy devices in the past year,” said Mindi Sue Sternblitz-Rubenstein, VP, Marketing, Parks Associates. “Innovations in energy devices and platforms allow utilities to supercharge this effort, giving energy providers the ability to deliver more detailed and useful real-time energy information. We are very excited to announce the keynotes and topics for our 2023 event.”

Parks Associates has opened the call for papers for all 2023 sessions, based on the following topics:

  • Managing Solar Generation: Utilities, DERMS, and Partnership Opportunities
  • Solar, Batteries, and the Grid: Consumer and Home Energy Management
  • Smart Energy Devices and Services
  • Building the Energy Efficient Home
  • EVs: Energy Management Threat or Asset?
  • Demand Response and Energy Efficiency: Driving New Demand
  • What’s Driving Growth: Distributed Energy and Load Management
  • Home Energy Management: Driving Energy Efficiency
  • IoT Solutions: Demand Response Flexibility 
  • Future of Vehicles: EVs, Charging, and Consumers
  • Charging Stations: Solving Infrastructure Issues
  • Beyond Energy Services:  Multi-dwelling Living
  • Energy as a Service, and New Business Models
  • Building Energy Efficient Homes: What Builders Want
  • Solar: Renewable, Resilient, and Scalable
  • Optimizing Control with Energy Data
  • Views from the Channel: Installers, Integrators, Retailers, Utilities
  • Home Services Revenue Opportunities

Confirmed 2023 Speakers:

  • Keally DeWitt, VP, Marketing & Public Policy, GAF Energy
  • Donald McPhail, GM, Residential Business Line, Uplight
  • Kevin Schwain, Senior Director, Electric Vehicles, EnergyHub
  • Tray Leslie, Renewables & Resiliency Manager, Georgia Power Company
  • Brad Davids, Head of Utility Business Development,
  • Luis Castro, Business Development Manager - Utilities, Enel X Way

Parks Associates will feature its latest consumer and industry insights throughout the event, featuring data from its ongoing quarterly surveys of 10,000 internet households.

About Smart Energy Summit

Parks Associates’ 15th annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer is co-located with DISTRIBUTECH 2024 on February 27-28 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  Smart Energy Summit addresses energy and renewables technology trends in the residential and small-to-medium business markets.

Industry players join expert panels and networking sessions to address the expansion and monetization of energy management and other energy-focused offerings through consumer engagement, new business models, unique partnerships, and innovative technologies.

The conference also features 2024 virtual sessions January 23, July 23, and October 10. Follow the event on Twitter/X at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy24. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit