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Parks Associates’ Eleventh Annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer announces Austin Energy, DTE, Itron, Reliant, and more on 2020 Advisory Board

by Parks Associates | Aug. 29, 2019

Executive conference addresses opportunities for demand response and energy management solutions in the home

Parks Associates today announced the advisory board and topics for the eleventh annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 17-19, 2020, at the Omni Austin Downtown in Austin, Texas. Advisory board members include executives from Austin Energy, Constellation, Direct Energy, DTE, Itron, Racepoint Energy, Reliant, and WattzOn.

Parks Associates estimates that by 2023, annual US sales of smart plugs will reach 5.7 million, with annual sales revenue of $188 million. “While adoption of some products is still low, consumers are more aware of connected products like smart light bulbs, smart water heaters, and pool pumps and their potential to save energy and reduce energy expenses,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “We look forward to hosting the 2020 event to address the impact of smart home solutions on energy management in the home, consumer engagement in utility services, and the orchestration of energy on the grid.”  

Advisory board members:

  • Martha Amram, Founder & CEO, WattzOn
  • Leah Barton, VP Connected Home, North America, Direct Energy
  • Anna Demeo, PhD, President, Racepoint Energy
  • Steve Hambric, VP Consumer Energy Management, Itron
  • Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications, Austin Energy
  • Joel Miller, Principal Supervisor, Energy Efficiency, DTE Energy
  • Alex Segars, Product Lead, Connected Home, Reliant
  • Mike Wajsgras, Executive Director, Innovation and Growth, Constellation
  • Scott Harkins, Vice President, General Manager of Connected Home , Resideo

Early event sponsors are, Inspire, Sprosty Network, Rapid Response Monitoring, and Trusource Labs.

At Smart Energy Summit, more than 300 industry leaders from utilities, service providers, manufacturers, and technology companies will participate in panel discussions about the impact of direct consumer participation in energy markets and strategies to increase consumer engagement.


  • 5G Implementation: Impact on Utilities and Consumers
  • DERMS: Moving Beyond Legacy Programs
  • Energy Data and the Smart Home: Enhancing the Customer Relationship
  • Data Analytics for Grid Planning and Load Forecasting
  • Clean Energy: Energy Transformation Trends
  • Shifting Models: Defining the Utility of the Future

Consumer Engagement: Smart Home, Demand Response, and Behavior

  • Energy Management in the Home: Driving Behavior Changes
  • Solar, EVs, and Storage: Addressing Barriers to Adoption  
  • Utility Marketplaces: Building Customer Relationships
  • Consumers and Distributed Energy Resources (DERS): Impact on the Grid
  • Community Solar: Smart Energy and Sustainable Home Development
  • Home Services Revenue Opportunities
  • Effective Approaches to Demand Response: Next Stage of Engagement
  • Energy Management Platforms: Adding Value

Parks Associates is currently accepting submissions to speak at To schedule an interview or to request data, contact Sherrelle Lewis, 972.996.0214.


About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines the changing role of utilities and energy providers in the IoT era and offers research and insights on new opportunities to empower consumers with smart solutions to manage and save energy in the home. The conference addresses key questions for energy providers around leadership and alignment of goals between residential energy management solutions and the grid and presents strategies to expand business and revenue goals by incorporating smart products into energy programs.

Smart Energy Summit focuses on identifying opportunities across converging ecosystems to create new value in energy solutions through partnerships that leverage connected devices, energy management, utility services, and home control platforms and services. Research analysts, thought leaders, and industry executives present and discuss business strategies, case studies, partnership opportunities, and consumer research that utilities, service providers, retailers, and manufacturers can use to expand and monetize their energy offerings.

The tenth-annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 18-20, 2019, at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown in Austin, Texas. 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 #SmartEnergy19. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit

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About Parks Associates

Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes new media, digital entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, and Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer.

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