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
(PresseBox) (Dallas, Texas, ) 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.

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, 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 topics, strategy, and marketing for the event. This year's advisory board includes the following industry leaders:

- Kristen Bowring, Retail Industry Executive
- Renée 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

Agenda sessions, moderated by Parks Associates analysts, highlight smart grid deployments in the U.S. and around the world, new players and business models, cloud-based energy management, new services, growth of the ecosystem, and strategies to engage consumers.

Visit or contact 972-490-1113, for information and to submit to speak at the conference.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, hosted by Parks Associates, 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.


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