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2019 Agenda


The Agenda for the Smart Energy Summit features keynotes, presentations, and speaker panels from experts in energy management, with discussions on current technologies and consumer research. The deadline to submit a speaking proposal has passed, but Parks Associates will continue to review submissions. Submit to speak.

Monday, February 18


12:00 p.m.

Smart Energy Summit Registration Open


1:00-5:00 P.M.

Parks Associates Smart Energy Workshop (additional fee to attend - Register Here)


5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception


Tuesday, February 19


7:30 a.m.

Registration Open


7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tom Kerber, Director, Parks Associates


8:30 a.m.

Driving Energy Efficient Consumer Behavior: Reporting and Analytics

New strategies emerging around connected products are turning energy usage into a personal and community experience. Home energy reports, consumer portals, and mobile apps help consumers visualize and understand their energy usage. This session examines strategies to leverage energy data to drive behavior through recommendations, challenges, and rewards to improve efficiency.


9:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote


10:00 a.m.

Networking Break


10:30 a.m.

Smart Home Solutions: Aligning Consumer Behavior and Tariff Programs

Demand charges and time-of-use tariffs are designed to incentivize behavioral change around energy usage in the home. Variable tariffs also create complexity for consumers, creating a need to invest in products that automate control and minimize cost. The smart home industry can meet this demand with control solutions that make it simple for households to save energy. This session examines the impact of time-of-use rates on consumers and smart home solutions and how manufacturers and service providers addressing this challenge.


11:30 a.m.

Demand Response in the Smart Home

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) demand response programs are gaining momentum. Consumer adoption of smart thermostats reached 13% at the end of 2017, 32% of households own at least one product that can be controlled with their smartphone, and the popularity of voice control makes smart speakers with voice assistants a new key platform throughout the smart home ecosystem. Aggregators will play a role in this vision by eliminating friction as multiple players integrate their solutions into fragmented market. In this session, a variety of utility and smart home players discuss ways to change and improve control algorithms and engagement strategies as the smart home industry expands.


12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch


1:30 p.m.

Aggregation of Energy Storage

By the end of 2017, the total number of PHEVs and BEVs on U.S. highways rose to 740,000. U.S. sales of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery-electric (BEV) vehicles rose year over year in 2017 by 27% to nearly 200,000 vehicles. These vehicles will add significant load to the system, creating new challenges for grid operators and a prime opportunity to develop solutions to integrate these resources into the grid. This session examines the adoption curve for electric vehicles, EV chargers, and residential energy storage deployments, including the benefits of integrating these resources into the grid.


2:30 p.m.

Keynote


3:00 p.m.

Networking Break


3:30 p.m.

Solar, Storage, Smart Home, and the Grid: New Utility Roles in Future Distribution Systems

Rooftop solar deployments are picking up steam. According to EIA, more than half of small-scale PV installations are on residential rooftops. EIA projects, among non-utility distributed energy solar PV installations, residential will outpace commercial applications by more than 350% through 2050. Utilities that are quick to establish their role in distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) will have valuable insights behind the meter, into new revenue and business opportunities with connected consumers and their households. This session discusses the changing role of the distribution system, the impact for home builders and community planners, and how utilities can lay the foundation for their future profit and participation.


4:15 p.m.

Keynote


4:45 p.m.

Transition to Distribution System Operator

As adoption of distributed energy resources expands, some utilities have decided that long term, they must adapt to become distribution system operators. This session examines the opportunities and challenges in this transition, the changes in the day-to-day business, and the regulatory and financial implications as utilities adjust to a role that goes beyond the meter.


5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
 


Wednesday, February 20
 


7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates


8:45 a.m.

Incentivizing the Smart Home: Utility Marketplace

Connected products can deliver advanced control, optimization, and monitoring to reduce operating costs and simplify or enhance specific tasks. Online stores branded by utilities are beginning to emerge, providing consumers with a simple way to buy new energy-efficient products like thermostats. This session examines new efforts for utilities to expand their footprint beyond traditional energy services, dissects past efforts, and details new services made possible with the addition of smart home products in the home.


9:45 a.m.

Keynote


10:15 a.m.

Networking Break


10:45 a.m.

Evolution of Energy Management in the Smart Home

The natural progression in the smart home goes from one device providing singular value to many working in concert to deliver a host of benefits. While individual products are driving innovation and energy efficiency, the greatest value comes when multiple devices are controlled in coordination to maximize energy savings. Speakers in this session discuss the multiple product categories active in the home and how crossover use cases can lead to new and valuable energy management scenarios.


11:45 a.m.

Keynote


12:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch
 


1:15 p.m.

Adding Value through Utility Engagement in the Smart Home

While energy management systems are commonplace in commercial buildings, optimization in the residential market is nascent. Utilities can take an active role in energy orchestration, adding value for the consumer while aligning control to benefit the grid, and working as a trusted advisor to consumers, who are often resistant to the notion of relinquishing control. Speakers discuss the benefits to energy providers and end users, how to demonstrate clear value to consumers in order to encourage engagement, and partnership opportunities with smart home vendors.


2:15 p.m.

The Energy Data Goldmine

Energy data provides clear value in the form of real-time alerts and energy monitoring capabilities, and as high-frequency data becomes available, companies can create additional value-added services that expand well beyond energy to safety, home monitoring, and fault detection. This session details the new value propositions emerging as energy companies and consumers start to mine their smart home data.


3:00 p.m.

Networking Break


3:30 p.m.

Optimizing Control with Energy Data

arks Associates surveys consistently show consumers want access to their energy data; however, solutions must be simple to use and interpret, otherwise participation will be limited. The energy industry recognizes this requirement, given the wide availability of energy dashboards and portals for consumers. However, some utilities are reluctant to open access to energy data to third parties through programs such as Green Button. This session looks at opportunities to expand access to energy data and expand services.


4:00 p.m.

Home Services Revenue Opportunities

Energy is one of many services required by a home. Retail energy providers throughout the U.S. are expanding to include smart home services, insurance, and home warranty services. This session examines these efforts and the early lessons learned from successes and failures, and speakers discuss the role of energy providers in this new space as they acquire new businesses, partners, and competitors.


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