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Intersection of Smart Homes, Utilities, and Sustainable Energy – Parks Associates Smart Energy Summit at DISTRIBUTECH

Market research firm Parks Associates is hosting the 15th annual Smart Energy Summit February 27-28, 2024 in partnership with DISTRIBUTECH. The event brings together industry leaders to explore the dynamic landscape of energy management and customer engagement. The summit promises to offer a comprehensive look into how smart technology at home and in communities is transforming the way we think about energy and utility services.

Smart Energy Summit is co-located with DISTRIBUTECH, takes place in the Orange County Convention Center, Room W311GH, in Orlando, FL. Smart Energy Summit sponsors are SkyBell, SmartThings, Arcadia, Resideo, and Universal Electronics. Keynote speakers include:

  • Tyson Brown, Manager Strategic Partnerships, Google

  • Donald McPhail, VP Product, Uplight

  • Robin Lanier, Director, New Ventures, Southern Company

  • Dr. Gabriela Bunea, Chief Solar Innovation Officer, GAF Energy

  • Maryam Mozafari, Program Supervisor - Demand Response/Flexibility, California Public Utilities Commission

  • Juliet Shavit, President & CEO, SmartMark Communications

Insights Behind the Meter: Unlocking New Opportunities

Utilities are transforming, with the potential for new revenue and establishing different and deeper relationships with customers through advanced insights and control over energy consumption. The event focuses on the strategic value of energy management and sustainability initiatives. Speakers will focus on the innovative approaches to reducing energy consumption, optimizing energy usage, and integrating renewable energy sources.

On Tuesday, February 27 at 10:15 AM ET, the session The Convergence of Smart Home, Energy, and Utility will explore how energy providers are making moves behind the meter with partnerships and acquisitions of companies building a smarter, more secure home. Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research, Parks Associates

  • Luis Castro, Business Development Manager – Utilities, Enel X Way

  • Max Gaspranov, Director, SmartHome & Energy, TELUS

  • Dave Kranzler, GM, IoT Services, Amazon Web Services

  • Desiree Mejia, Co-Founder & COO, SkyBell

  • David Oberholzer GM, Resideo Grid Services, Resideo

  • Paul Wezner, Chief Product and Customer Officer, Powerley


Measuring Success and Anticipating Future Trends

Evaluating the success of smart home and utility integrations is crucial for understanding market impact and guiding future strategies. The session, Evolving Business Models for Smart Home and Energy, will be held at 1 PM ET and is moderated by Elizabeth Parks, President & CMO, Parks Associates. This session features insights into new revenue streams, partnership opportunities, and innovative approaches to delivering smart home and smart energy services. Speakers include:

  • Arielle Bertman, VP of Product, SPAN.IO

  • Gerrianna Cohen, Strategy Manager, Con Edison

  • David Kaltsas, Chief Operations Officer, GAF Energy

  • Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, NRG Energy

Role of Home Automation in Achieving Net-zero Building

Smart Energy Summit will focus will be on the role of home automation in achieving net-zero building projects and the strategies that make these ambitions a reality.  AT 2:15 PM ET. The session, Building for Net Zero: The Role of Home Automation, will be hosted and address how builders are incorporating solar, storage, and home automation technologies to meet Zero Net Energy goals and the utility programs supporting their efforts. Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Parks, President & CMO, Parks Associates

  • Geoff Ferrell, Senior Vice President of VPP and C&I Project Business, sonnen, Inc.

  • Scott Harden, Chief Technology Officer, Global Innovation, Schneider Electric

  • Paul Williams, Managing Director of Home Management Business Unit, Nice

  • Vanessa Wright, Sustainability Account Manager, Levven

  • Sofia Berrada, Head of Strategy, SWTCH

Parks Associates will host its 15th annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer on February 27-28 at DISTRIBUTECH. Register online at DISTRIBUTECH to attend! Join us onsite to gain insights into the latest trends, tools, and practices in energy management.

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