Fourth-annual Smart Energy Summit to focus on consumer engagement and market strategies for energy-saving solutions Parks Associates confirms AT&T, Duke Energy, Reliant, SDG&E, Sprint, and Verizon as Advisory Board participants

DALLAS, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Parks Associates today announced the topics and Advisory Board members for the fourth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, in San Antonio, Texas, February 25-27, 2013. New research from Parks Associates finds interest in energy-saving devices overall has declined slightly but younger consumers are starting to show more interest in these devices. Over 90% of U.S. broadband consumers 18-34 would pay for a smart thermostat or smart water controls if the solution saves 20% on energy consumption.

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Smart Energy Summit focuses on consumer engagement with energy management services and technologies, partnership opportunities, and consumer-oriented solutions.  The conference has early sponsorship support from Alarm.com, EcoFactor, Hitachi, Lowe's, PlanetEcosystems, Qualcomm, and Itron.

"Young consumers are now the likely buyers of energy-saving devices, and they bring with them high expectations on the look and functionality of high-tech solutions," said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates.  "Smart Energy Summit brings together key executives from service providers, OEMs, utilities, and government to discuss market segmentation and trends, current deployments and partnerships, and strategies to leverage consumer interest for long-term growth." 

The Advisory Board for Smart Energy Summit provides guidance and recommendations into event topics, strategy, and marketing. This year's advisory board includes the following industry leaders: 

Kristen Bowring, Retail Industry Executive
Renee Castillo, Senior Director, Customer Services, Salt River Project
Dan Flagler, Manager, Partner Management & Product Development, Verizon Telecom
Denis Garman, Home Efficiency Solutions, Marketing Manager, Duke Energy
Bill Harmon, VP, Residential Segment Marketing, Reliant
Becky Harrison, CEO, GridWise Alliance
Fabrice Hoerner, Technical Marketing Manager, Qualcomm
Scott Hublou, SVP, EcoFactor
Brian Huey, Business Development and Strategy, Smart Grid and Utilities, Sprint
Kevin Meagher, VP and General Manager, Smart Home, Lowe's
Kevin Petersen, SVP, AT&T Digital Life
Paul Pishal, VP, Business Development, M2M, Hitachi Communication Technologies Americas
Ted Reguly, Director, Smart Meter Program, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
Ken Wacks, Management & Engineering Consultant, Gridwise Council, U.S. Department of Energy

Visit http://www.smartenergysummit2013.com or contact 972-490-1113, sales@parksassociates.com for information and to submit to speak at the conference.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines the expanding market for energy solutions and home controls and its impact on utilities, service providers, retailers, manufacturers, and consumers.

At this annual conference, Parks Associates analysts, media, and industry leaders evaluate new partnerships, strategies for consumer engagement, and deployment plans for energy and management solutions in the connected home.

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

The fourth-annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 25-27, 2013, at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. www.smartenergysummit2013.com

Mindi Sue Sternblitz-Rubenstein
Parks Associates
972-490-1113
mindi.sue@parksassociates.com

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