Parks Associates: 50% of U.S. broadband households take steps to reduce energy

Firm Announces Speakers for 7th-Annual Smart Energy Summit Next Week in Austin

New research from Parks Associates shows that the average U.S. broadband household pays $123 per month for electricity and approximately 50% of U.S. broadband households have taken steps to reduce energy consumption, including adjusting thermostats, turning off unused devices, and using CFL or LED lightbulbs.

Parks Associates and speakers from key companies in the smart home, energy, and IoT spaces will address consumer engagement strategies and residential energy management market developments at the seventh-annual Smart Energy Summit, February 22-24, at the Omni Hotel Downtown in Austin, Texas. The event provides businesses with networking opportunities and examines partnerships and new business solutions that leverage the growing consumer demand for energy efficiency products and services.

"Smart Energy Summit gives context that is critical to understanding the Internet of Things and the convergence of energy management, the smart home, and distributed generation," said Tom Kerber, Director of Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. "This year's Smart Energy Summit brings together top utilities, smart home technology firms, and service providers to examine the role of energy solutions within the Internet of Things."

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. Parks Associates also hosts a research workshop, "Energy in IoT: Consumer Trends, Business Models, and Incentives," on Monday, February 22, 1:00-5:00 P.M.

The following speakers will participate in the Smart Energy Summit:

Seth Frader-Thompson, President, EnergyHub
William Clayton, Vice President of Customer Care Operations, Reliant, NRG
Paul Campbell, VP Innovation / Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Schneider Electric
Patrick Agnew, Program Manager, In-home Technology, Florida Power and Light
Bill Alderson, Director, Marketing and Digital Services, Rheem
Ramon Alvarez, Senior Director, SmartThings
Martha Amram, Founder & CEO, WattzOn and Green Button Alliance
Andy Baynes, Energy Partnerships, Nest
Landon Borders, Director of Connected Devices, Haiku Home by Big Ass Solutions
Kris Bowring, Director of Business and Channel Development, Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Corey Chao, Innovation Manager, Connected Home, NRG/Reliant
Mark Cosby, Business Development Leader, Westar Energy
Mauro Dresti, Manager Mass Markets, Southern California Edison
Will Duckett, Director of Business Development, PlotWatt
Jeremy Eddy, Senior Energy Consultant, Itron
Harry Emerson, Smart Grid/SmartHours Program, Director, Product Development, OGE Energy Corp
John Gingrich, Vice President, Corporate Development, EnergySage
David Grant, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tendril
Barry Haaser, President, Managing Director, OpenADR Alliance; CEO, Lakeview Group
Denver Hinds, R&D Project Manager, SMUD
Dave Hurst, Director, Market Analysis, NextEnergy
V. Rory Jones, President and CEO, PlanetEcosystems
Dave Kaintz, Senior Program Manager, Southern California Edison
Erin Keys, Director, Business Development & Strategy, Comverge
Dwain Kinghorn, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Solar
Yann Kulp, Vice President SmartSpace, Schneider Electric North America
Art Lancaster, CTO Affinegy; Board Member, AllSeen Alliance
Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee
Rick Luna, Sr. Manager, Products and Services, CPS Energy
Dennis Mathew, VP, Xfinity Home Product Management, Design & Deployment, Comcast
Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks
Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect
Claire Miziolek, Market Strategies Program Manager, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Steve Nguyen, Head of Marketing, Bidgely
Steve Nisbet, VP - External Relations & Power Solutions, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association
Todd Nolte, Marketing Technologies Manager, Carrier, United Technologies
Carlos Nouel, Director of Partnerships and Joint Ventures, National Grid
Dave Oberholzer, VP, Business and Partner Development, WeatherBug Home
Wannie Park, VP of Utility Solutions, CEIVA Energy
Ann Perreault, Marketing Director, Smart Grid Solutions, Honeywell
Karen Poff, Project Manager, Austin Energy
Daniel Roesler, CTO & Co-founder, UtilityAPI and Green Button Alliance
Emmett Romine, General Manager Insight & Demand Side Management, DTE Energy
Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave
Justin Segall, President, Co-Founder, Simple Energy
Lori Singleton, Director, Emerging Customer Programs, Salt River Project (SRP)
Matt Smith, Senior Director of Utility Solutions, Silver Spring Networks
Ivo Steklac, Vice President General Manager of RLC Solar Energy Solutions, SunPower Corporation
Marianne Sy, Program Manager, Demand Response, San Diego Gas & Electric
Peter Taylor, Vice President of Products, WeMo/Belkin
Matthew Tolliver, VP of Business Development, EcoFactor
Mark Walters, VP Strategic Development, ZigBee Alliance
Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer, Vivint
Paul Wattles, Sr. Analyst, Market Design & Development, ERCOT
Ilen Zazueta-Hall, Director, Product Management for Energy Management, Enphase

Conference sponsors include Tendril, EnergyHub, Honeywell, Powerley and DTE Energy, Affinegy, ecobee, PlanetEcosystems, WeatherBug Home, WSI, Z-Wave, Schneider Electric, State Farm, Tyco, and WattzOn.

Media and organizations supporting the event include Advanced Energy Economy, IoT Consortium, Antenna, Antenna Systems & Technology, Conference Guru, Engerati, FierceEnergy, GreenButton Alliance, HomePlug Alliance,, ISE Magazine, IoT Today, Israeli Smart Energy Association (ISEA), KNXtoday, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Open Interconnect Consortium, OpenADR Alliance, Remote Site & Equipment Management magazine, SmartGridNews, SmartGridSpain, Smart Grid Today, TD The Market Publishers, TREIA, Utility Dive, Utility Post, and WSN Buzz.

Information about the Smart Energy Summit can be found at Press passes are available at To schedule a meeting with an analyst or speaker or to request materials from the energy conference, please contact Holly Sprague at or 720.987.6614.

About Smart Energy Summit
Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines the expanding market for the smart home and the role of energy solutions within the Internet of Things, including connected devices, energy management, utility services, and home control platforms and services.

Smart Energy Summit addresses strategies for utilities, service providers, retailers, and manufacturers to expand and monetize their energy offerings by engaging consumers, developing new business models, and creating unique partnerships.

The summit agenda features thought leaders representing utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs presenting on the state of the market and the emerging consumer and business opportunities.

The seventh-annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 22-24, 2016, at the Omni Hotel in Austin, Texas. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and on the Smart Energy Insights Blog. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit

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