Thursday, January 26, 2012

Channel distribution and partner programs a key focus of Smart Energy Summit

Conference features speakers from Best Buy, Lowe's, PG&E, GE, Duke, Direct Energy, IBM, Reliant, Telecom Italia, Tendril, and more

International research firm Parks Associates today announced the agenda and speakers for Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 28-March 1, Austin, Texas. The event features the Parks Associates analyst team and more than 40 executives addressing new energy management solutions, distribution channels, and partnership opportunities emerging among broadband service providers, utilities, OEMs, security providers, and retailers.

Smart Energy Summit also features analysis of the latest announcements in this market area, including the impact of the new products and partnerships announced at DistribuTECH this week by companies including Opower, IBM, Itron, and Honeywell.

"One-third of U.S. broadband households find energy monitoring highly appealing, but 39% are unaware of energy programs offered by utilities, highlighting a significant gap in consumer engagement," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “With the variety of new players, often with overlapping goals, entering the market, it creates new partnership opportunities that can move solutions quickly to market and re-capture the initial enthusiasm. The combined marketing efforts of broadband providers, security service firms, and utilities will increase consumer awareness of energy management services, driving growth beyond early adopters.”


Gian Paolo Balboni, Head, Strategic Trends, Telecom Italia
Sandra Baule, Home Area Network Strategy & Integration Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
Kristen Bowring, Senior Director, Platform Lead, Home Energy Management, Best Buy
Sarah Bresko, Sr. Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Scott Burns, Director of Innovation, Smart Energy, Direct Energy
Jeff Crews, Director, Business Development, 4Home Connected Solutions, Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Aine Denari, Director of Strategy, Ingersoll Rand
Christopher Deutschen, Senior Manager, Reliant
Patty Durand, Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Greg Ennis, Technical Director, Wi-Fi Alliance
Denis Garman, Strategy & Marketing, Duke Energy
Scott Hinson, Labs Director, Pecan Street Project Inc.
Fabrice Hoerner, Marketing Manager, Qualcomm
Stephen R. Johnson, Jr., Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Itron
Ogi Kavazovic, VP of Strategy and Marketing, Opower
Jay Kenny, Vice President, Marketing,
Dennis Kyle, VP of Strategic and New Market Development, Tendril
Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee
Annette Lown Mass, Assistant Public Counsel, Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel
Kevin Meagher, VP and GM Smart Home, Lowe's
Greg Memo, CEO, GreenWave Reality
Roy Perry, Vice President, Ecosystem Alliances,
Ted M. Reguly, Director – Customer Programs and Assistance, San Diego Gas & Electric
Allan Schurr, VP Strategy and Development, Global Energy and Utilities, IBM
Steve Shapiro, Group Director, ADT Security Services
Ann Shaub, Director - Product Management, Verizon
Isaias Sudit, CEO, Gridglo
Jonathan "J.T." Thompson, Global Utility Sales Leader, GE Appliances - Home Energy Management
Craig Tinder, Principal - Technology and New Products, Reliant
Kenneth Wacks, Member, GridWise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy
Gene Wang, CEO, People Power Co.
TBA, EcoFactor

Parks Associates also hosts a pre-show research workshop on February 28, "Quantifying the Consumer Value Proposition for Residential Energy Management," which features the panel session "Models for Consumer Engagement."

Smart Energy Summit sponsors include ADT Residential/Small Business,, Best Buy, ecobee, EcoFactor, GreenWave Reality, IPSO Alliance, Itron, Lowe's, People Power, Tendril, and the Z-Wave Alliance.

To register, visit or contact 972-490-1113,

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

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 the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media.

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