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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 20

12:00 p.m.

Smart Energy Summit Registration Open

1:00-5:00 P.M.

Parks Associates Smart Energy Workshop - View Agenda
Utilities and Consumer Engagement Strategies (additional fee to attend - Register Here)


The Value of Data
Making Data Meaningful
Energy Management in the Smart Home
Smart Home Service Providers and Energy Management
Interoperability Failures
The Role of Energy Providers in the Smart Home
Solar Power and the Smart Home
Solar Industry Perspective
Incentivizing the Smart Home
Utility Perspectives on Incentives

5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Tuesday, February 21
Fundamental Changes in the Electric Industry

7:30 a.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Parks Associates President Stuart Sikes opens the event.


Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

9:00 a.m.

Incentivizing the Smart Home: Demand Response and Engagement

The benefits of DR programs are well documented, but getting the right incentives to drive participation is a key challenge. This session examines combined DR programs as well as new engagement strategies for consumers. Speakers identify drivers, including non-monetary incentives that will get consumers off the fence, and upstream incentives to motivate greater participation from smart home solution providers.


Mauro Dresti, Senior Manager, Demonstrations & Pilots: Product Development & Division Management, Southern California Edison (SCE)

John Floyd, Energy Efficiency & Renewables Manager, Gulf Power, a Southern Company

Jeff Hamel, Head of North American Energy Partnerships, Nest Labs

Derek Mauzy, Principal, Innovation and Competitive Intelligence, Reliant/NRG

David Meyers, CCO, Grid4C


Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote - Leading the Transition – Customer-first Strategies to Succeed in the IoT

Centrica - Smart Energy Summit

Sudeep Maitra

Global Director of Strategy and Development

Centrica Connected Home


Centrica - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Utilities and energy companies are in the midst of a rapid transformation, with long-term value relying now in offering solutions and services direct to customers instead of from centralised assets. The rapid proliferation of distributed solar generation, demand-side flexibility, IoT, the evolution of data science and machine learning, and the future promise of electricity storage means utilities and energy companies need to shift from being asset developers and operators to delivering unique experiences that customers value, fast. By solving real customer problems – not just those related to energy but to the whole home or business – utilities and energy companies can lead the charge in this space. In this keynote, Centrica shares advice on how to succeed in the smart world.

10:30 a.m.

Grid4C - Smart Energy Summit SponsorRefreshment Break
Sponsored by Grid4C

11:00 a.m.

Incentivizing the Smart Home: Energy Efficiency

The smart home brings many new approaches to energy efficiency, but understanding the impact of control algorithms and anomaly detection on energy efficiency adds a new layer of complexity. EnergyStar is working to provide clear standards that will help overcome these challenges. This session examines measurement and verification initiatives, combined EE/DR programs, and strategies to accelerate increased participation. Speakers identify drivers, execution of point-of-sale programs, and upstream incentives to motivate greater participation from smart home solution providers.


Dr. Marissa Hummon, Senior Energy Scientist, Tendril

Alton Martin, Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs

Claire Miziolek, Market Strategies Program Manager, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)


Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

12:00 p.m.

People Power - Smart Energy Summit program guide sponsorNetworking Lunch
Sponsored by People Power

1:00 p.m.

Consumer Behaviors and Variable Rate Plans: Challenges and Opportunities

New rate plans such as “free nights and weekends” and “EZ-3" have simplified and expanded TOU adoption. Any non-fixed tariff creates complexity for the consumer and opportunity for solution providers. This session examines adoption of variable rate plans and demand charges, their implementation, and the opportunities they create for solution providers.


Gregory L. Craig, CEO, Griddy Energy LLC

Eric Danziger, Co-founder and Vice President, Genability

Kevin Meagher, SVP, ROC-Connect

Erik Norwood, CEO, Curb Inc.

Matt Owens, Director Business Development, Stem, Inc.


Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

2:00 p.m.

Energy Providers and IoT: Creating New Revenue Streams

The IoT is creating change and new opportunities as traditionally separate industries converge in the smart home. Energy providers are developing new energy management services and leveraging their competitive advantages to move into adjacencies such as move-in services, warranties, HVAC and lighting protection, and even pool and lawn services. This session explores the viability and revenue potential of new services and consumer interest in adoption of security and smart home services when bundled or associated with energy


Mark Cosby, Director - Business Development, Westar Energy

Bruce Germano, Vice President, Enterprise Development and Operations, Jasmine Universe, LLC

Jorge Perdomo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development, MivaTek

Ingmar Sterzing, VP Power Supply and Energy Services, Pedernales Electric Cooperative


Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

3:00 p.m.

MivaTek - Smart Energy Summit sponsorRefreshment Break
Sponsored by MivaTek

3:30 p.m.

Reinventing the Utility Business Model

Utilities have the opportunity to adjust their business models to align with the new world of IoT, the smart home, and distributed generation (DG). This session analyzes the impact of lower load growth on the utility business, the new opportunities in DG and battery storage, and how new partnerships and smart home services could reshape the traditional utility business model.


Tanuj Deora, Chief Strategy Officer, SEPA (Smart Electric Power Alliance)

Cullen Hay, General Manager, U.S. Energy, Direct Energy

Gregg C. Sayre, Commissioner, New York State Public Service Commission; NYRev 


Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

4:15 p.m.

Keynote - Bridging the Smart Grid to the Smart Home

Irene Dimitry - DTE Energy - Smart Energy Summit Keynote

Irene Dimitry

Vice President, Business Planning and Development

DTE Energy

Powerley and DTE Keynote
Manoj Kumar - Powerley - Smart Energy Summit keynote

Manoj Kumar



Energy providers are uniquely positioned to unify our fragmented smart home universe and accelerate mass consumer adoption. In bridging the smart home to the smart grid, energy utilities can lead the charge for greater connectivity – using home energy management as a cornerstone use case. We look at the larger opportunity ahead for utilities as they position themselves as the preferred channel for smart home innovation. The discussion is no longer a theoretical one. Leading utilities, such as DTE Energy, have already begun the transformation. Launched in 2014, DTE Insight has already redefined the relationship with energy. Together with Powerley, DTE Energy details the pathway to utility-led smart home adoption, delving into the key obstacles discovered and the key insights uncovered to date.

4:45 p.m.

Special Session - From Pilots to Programs: AMI and the Illinois Experience

Ann McCabe - Illinois Commerce Commission - Smart Energy Summit speaker

Ann McCabe

Consultant; Former Commissioner

Illinois Commerce Commission


Illinois is 75% of the way to advanced meter deployment. In this keynote, Ann McCabe discusses the progress and keys to success for the smart meter program from the Illinois Commerce Commission. She examines the opportunities to increase consumer engagement and the challenges that remain to realize full consumer participation. Ann also discusses the role of regulators in driving innovation in both business strategies and technologies.

5:05 p.m.

Special Session - Recognizing Successful Delivery of Smart Efficiency: ENERGY STAR Connected Thermostats

EPA Speaker - Smart Energy Summit 2017

Abigail Daken


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


The ENERGY STAR connected thermostat specification will recognize thermostat products (consisting of a combination of hardware and service) that save energy. To have their products certified, thermostat vendors will analyze and aggregate data from customers' homes to demonstrate savings, which ensures that the interaction with user behaviors is included in the evaluation. This novel approach takes advantage of the unique capabilities of emerging connected products.


5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Parks Associates

Wednesday, February 22
Utilities & Smart Home Partnerships

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks


Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

8:45 a.m.

Solar Industry: Integration and Competition

Residential solar adoption is growing beyond Hawaii, California, and the Northeast. As the cost of installed solar continues to fall, the distributed generation market is building momentum. And as adoption increases, players are examining potential partnerships with smart home solution providers. This session examines the residential rooftop solar market and opportunities for partnerships with storage vendors and smart home and energy providers.


Bryan Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer, Vivint Solar

Jordan Frugé, Chief Marketing Officer, Sunnova

Olaf Lohr, Director of Business Development, Sonnen, Inc

Jason Sears, Senior Lead, Solar Strategy and Development, Green Mountain Energy, a NRG company

Ilen Zazueta-Hall, Director of Product Management, Enphase


Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

9:45 a.m.

Keynote - Connected Car & Smart Energy - What is the Connection?

Kevin Butt - Smart Energy Summit keynote - Toyota

Kevin Butt
General Manager, Environmental
Toyota Motor North America


From vehicles to homes to our smartphones, connectivity plays a crucial part in our daily lives. In this keynote, Kevin Butt outlines how Toyota is working toward a more connected future, through a multitude of collaborative and creative partnerships. 

10:15 a.m.

State Farm - Smart Energy Summit sponsorRefreshment Break
Sponsored by State Farm

10:45 a.m.

Bring-Your-Own Device Models: Drivers and Barriers

Several pilot BYOD programs are now 2-3 years old, with data and results to demonstrate what works, what doesn’t, and how to engage consumers in these programs. This session examines the lessons learned and opportunities for broader BYOD programs that capture the potential of all the smart devices entering the home. Speakers identify the drivers, barriers, and tipping points that signal a shift to BYOD programs.


Erika Diamond, VP & GM, Energy Markets, EnergyHub, Inc.

Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy

Stuart Lombard, Founder & CEO, ecobee

Rob Munin, President and CEO, LUX Products

Kevin Schwain, Director of Program Strategy & Development, Xcel Energy


Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

11:30 a.m.

The Value of Energy Data

The value of data from smart products is enormous, and smart meter data is no exception. Yet access to meter data is limited. Green Button initiatives and smart meter portal improvements may be the catalysts to expand energy management services. Speakers discuss the drivers and barriers to deliver services built from energy data.


Amy Kight Costadone, Manager, Data Governance and Products, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)

Leesa Lee, VP Marketing, Bidgely

Bob Marshall, CEO, Whisker Labs

Michael Murray, President, Mission:data Coalition

More speakers to be announced


Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Sponsored by CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference

1:30 p.m.

Maximizing Return on DR: Energy Market Opportunities

The rise of smart home devices offers greater opportunities for solution providers to monetize loads, both from demand response and through participation in energy markets. This session examines the future role of aggregators to maximize monetization assets in the home.


Robert J. King, President, Good Company Associates

Nathan Mancha, Director of Demand Response, EDF Energy Services, LLC

Matt McCaffree, Senior Director, Regulatory Strategy, Comverge, Inc.

Paul Wattles, Sr. Analyst, Market Design & Development, ERCOT


Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

2:30 p.m.

ipCapital - Smart Energy Summit SponsorRefreshment Break
Sponsored by ipCapital Group

3:00 p.m.

Leveraging Voice Control and AI in Energy Management

Voice is transforming the smart home user experience and consumer engagement. While providers commonly use bots for customer service triage, they have the opportunity to integrate consumer-focused voice control solutions, such as Amazon’s Alexa, with energy management solutions, creating new value propositions for smart lighting, thermostats, and appliances. This session examines how voice control and artificial intelligence are transforming the smart home and its potential to drive energy management.


Benjamin Brown, Senior Product Manager, Google Home Lead for Apps & Connectivity, Google

Nancy Cronin, Managing Partner, ipCapital Group, Inc.

Vineet Ganju, VP, Voice & Audio, Conexant

Joe Jankosky, Global Director, Energy Markets, Intel


Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

4:00 p.m.

Smart Home Systems: Opportunities for Whole Home Management

The connections between energy services and the smart home will continue to strengthen as the IoT expands in the consumer market. This session examines the current and future roles of smart home service providers in the energy space and strategies to create value for consumers. Speakers also discuss the competition to provide energy services as part of comprehensive, whole-home solutions.


Siva Iyer, Head of Smart Controls, Carrier

Matt Mahar, VP of Consumer Experience, Vivint Smart Home

Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave

Mike Wajsgras, Director, Channel Development, Constellation

Gene Wang, CEO & Co-founder, People Power


Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

5:00 p.m.

Closing Comments

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