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Smart Energy Summit to focus on in-home energy management and control solutions

U.S. Department of Commerce, Austin Energy to keynote conference --

International research firm Parks Associates announced the preliminary agenda and current speakers, sponsors, and advisory board for the Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer. This conference, hosted in cooperation with Austin Energy on January 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Tex., focuses on opportunities in residential energy management and the challenges of bringing Smart Grid technologies to U.S. households.

Sessions include the latest consumer research from Parks Associates’ landmark Residential Energy Management service, which surveys both consumers and utilities on attitudes and trends in this growing industry. Early sponsors for Smart Energy Summit include Direct Energy, Exceptional Innovation, HAI, iControl Networks, and OpenPeak. Event supporters include AltEnergyMag, CABA, Energy Priorities, Home Toys, SmartGrid Today, VB/Research, and WinSmartGrid.

Andres Carvallo, CIO, Austin Energy, will present the keynote “A New Journey: Utility 2.0” on Tuesday, January 26 at 9:30 a.m. He will share his vision of the utility of the future, informed by his company’s experiences developing and deploying its Smart Grid, and highlight new paradigms of business models and technologies that will transform consumers into “prosumers” - producers and consumers all in one.

Dr. George W. Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, will also be a keynote speaker at the conference.

Confirmed speakers:

- Susan Cashen, VP, Marketing, Control4
- Steve Cashman, Chief Strategy Officer, Exceptional Innovation
- David Dollihite, VP, Direct Energy
- David Friedman, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, ZeroG Wireless, Inc.
- Dan Gittleman, Chairman & CEO, OpenPeak
- Vince Groff, Executive Director, Cox Communications
- Jim Johnson, President & CEO, uControl
- Thomas Pickral, Business Development, HAI

The Smart Energy Summit Advisory Board provides input into the design and content of the event, focusing particularly on the market opportunities and business issues associated with engaging the consumer in energy management. Current Advisory Board participants:

- Andres Carvallo, Chief Information Officer, Austin Energy
- Steve Cashman, Chief Strategy Officer, Exceptional Innovation
- Ken Wacks, Member, GridWise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy
- Brian Woods, CMO, OpenPeak

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