DALLAS, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Parks Associates today announced the topics and 2018 Advisory Board for the ninth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 19-21, 2018, at the Fairmont Hotel in Austin, Texas.
The executive conference focuses on energy efficiency, demand response, and home energy management solutions for consumers and the new opportunities for providers, energy management companies, home control platforms and services, and emerging connected devices. Research from Parks Associates indicates that 70% of smart device owners believe energy-related smart devices help reduce energy consumption.
"We are grateful for the participation and insight from our Advisory Board for the upcoming Smart Energy Summit," said Tom Kerber, Director of IoT Strategy, Parks Associates.
- Amena Ali, CRO, Whisker Labs
- Ben Bixby, GM, Energy and Safety, Nest Labs
- Chris Carradine, EVP, Business Development, ecobee
- Jason Cigarran, Director, Marketing Communications, Itron
- Chris DeSchamp, Director, Customer Solutions Development, Vectren
- Seth Frader-Thompson, President, EnergyHub
- Brendan Hanna, Head, Technology Innovation, National Grid
- Brad Langley, Senior Director, Corporate Marketing, Tendril
- Wayne Morrison, Principal, Smart Energy and Emerging Technology, Reliant Energy
- Roy Perry, VP, Ecosystem Alliances, Alarm.com
- Justin Segall, President & Founder, Simple Energy
- Mike Tinskey, Global Director, Connected Vehicle & Emerging Services, Ford
- Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building, and Utility Systems
"As the value proposition for utilities to participate in efficiency and DR programs continue to evolve, it's more important than ever to find ways to easily and meaningfully engage customers in these programs," Bixby said. "I'm excited to share what we've learned at Nest and to hear from others in the industry who have seen success through innovative efforts."
"Vectren is excited to continue working with Parks Associates to help advance the smart home space as it relates to energy," DeSchamp said.
"The proliferation of distributed energy resources such as connected thermostats, electric vehicles, and rooftop solar are significantly changing the way utilities manage the grid," Frader-Thompson said. "Smart Energy Summit is a great event for industry leaders to come together and share real data and feedback from consumers on how we can continue to evolve and improve their experience."
"The Smart Energy Summit gives utilities, device manufacturers and service providers the rare opportunity to all come together at an event and holistically plan for the future of the energy industry," Langley said. "Facilitating a cross-functional environment to converse with and learn from this diverse group is important to the success of the burgeoning energy ecosystem."
"Customers continue to look for better ways to manage and take control of their energy use and more are considering ways to generate their own energy. Reliant powers, protects and simplifies customer's lives by providing them options to control and access their power wherever they are," Morrison said.
"The connected home not only gives utility customers control over their energy use but also makes them a critical part of the broader energy ecosystem," Segall said. "The utility of the future will learn how to benefit from this new energy consumer by delivering them personalized, meaningful experiences that create value from these different enabling technologies."
"Customers are becoming prosumers as they generate power locally with wind and solar," Wacks said. "This opens business opportunities for DER (distributed energy resources) and transactive energy products. This conference has consistently delivered actionable data for strategic planning by combining reports from Parks Associates market research with insights from an impressive roster of industry speakers."
At Smart Energy Summit, more than 300 industry leaders from utilities, service providers, manufacturers, and technology companies will participate in panel discussions about the impact of direct consumer participation in energy markets and strategies to increase consumer engagement.
Parks Associates is accepting speaking submissions for Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer at www.parksassociates.com/ses-speaker. To schedule an interview or request data, contact Julia Homier at email@example.com, 972.996.0214.
About Smart Energy Summit
Smart Energy Summit examines the changing role of utilities to help empower consumers with solutions to save energy in the home. www.ses2018.com
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