Smart Energy Summit sessions to address consumer and industry roles in expanding energy management programs in the home

CEIVA Energy, Comcast, Comverge, Haiku Home, Icontrol Networks, Itron, Rheem, Schneider Electric, SmartThings, National Grid, United Technologies, Vivint, and WeatherBug Home featured at 7th-annual Event

Dallas, Texas, February 18, 2016 - Parks Associates research reports 62% of U.S. broadband households strongly believe that saving energy and lowering utility bills are important and 30% strongly believe that being "green" is important. However, inhibitors like fear of costs could delay widespread adoption of energy management—44% of broadband households are concerned about incurring hidden costs with these systems. Parks Associates will host Smart Energy Summit next week in Austin, with key energy and service providers and device manufacturers, to discuss new consumer value propositions, programs, and engagement strategies for energy management in the smart home and IoT.


"New players and the benefits of personalized and real-time solutions, both hallmarks of the connected home as a whole, are bringing new possibilities to energy management," said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. "Low awareness and cost concerns have often dampened consumer interest in energy solutions, but the very nature of IoT technologies creates new avenues to overcome these historic challenges. We will highlight these new business and market-entry strategies in multiple sessions at Smart Energy Summit."

Parks Associates will host the seventh-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 22-24, at the Omni Hotel Downtown in Austin, Texas. The session "Direct Participation of Energy Platform Providers in Energy Markets," Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., examines the opportunities for third parties to participate in the energy markets with the following speakers:

• Jeremy Eddy, Senior Energy Consultant, Itron
• Erin Keys, Director, Business Development & Strategy, Comverge
• Yann Kulp, Vice President SmartSpace, Schneider Electric North America
• Dave Oberholzer, VP, Business and Partner Development, WeatherBug Home

The session "Integrating Comprehensive Energy Management Solutions into Smart Home Systems," Wednesday at 10:45 a.m., presents new value propositions for energy-related products and how they can be integrated into a comprehensive energy solution, featuring the following speakers:

• Ramon Alvarez, Senior Director of Strategic Consumer Solutions, SmartThings
• Landon Borders, Director of Connected Devices, Haiku Home
• Kris Bowring, Director of Business and Channel Development, Lowe's Companies, Inc.
• Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks
• Wannie Park, VP of Utility Solutions, CEIVA Energy

The session "Role of Energy Management in Smart Home Solutions," Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., discusses the opportunities in incorporating energy management solutions into the smart home and the challenges of developing marketing programs to improve awareness, with the following speakers:
• Bill Alderson, Director, Marketing and Digital Services, Rheem
• Dennis Mathew, VP, Xfinity Home Product Management, Design & Deployment, Comcast
• Todd Nolte, Marketing Technologies Manager, Carrier, United Technologies
• Carlos Nouel, Director of Partnerships and Joint Ventures, National Grid
• Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer, Vivint

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, HomeToys.com, ISE Magazine, IoT Today, Israeli Smart Energy Association (ISEA), KNXtoday, Mercom Capital Group, 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 http://www.ses2016.com. Press passes are available at http://www.parksassociates.com/ses-presspass. To schedule a meeting with an analyst or speaker or to request materials from the energy conference, please contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com or 720.987.6614.

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