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2020 Agenda


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 17


12:00 p.m.

Smart Energy Summit Pre-Show Workshop Registration Open - View Agenda


1:00-5:00 P.M.

Research Workshop: Trends and Opportunities in Residential Energy Management
(additional fee to attend - Register Here)

View Agenda


5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception


Tuesday, February 18 - Consumer Engagement: Smart Home and Impacting the Grid


7:30 a.m.

Registration Open


7:30 a.m.

Austin Energy sponsor - Smart Energy Summit 2020Breakfast
Sponsored by Austin Energy


8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates


8:30 a.m.

Utility of the Future: Resiliency, New Services, and Incremental Shifts

Connectivity in the home enables solution providers to adapt operations to pricing signals or demand response events without impacting the consumer. As adoption of solar, storage, and electric vehicles grows alongside the smart home, utilities have the opportunity to align operation of these devices to the needs of the grid. This session addresses the current challenges, new services, and incremental shifts utilities are making to leverage connectivity in the home to save energy on the grid.  

Reed Hinkel, Senior Manager, PSA Certified, Arm / PSA Certified

Joe Jankosky, Global Director, Utilities and IoT, Intel

Jayesh Shah, Head of Digital and Marketing Strategy, Direct Energy

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates


9:30 a.m.

Keynote

Austin Energy keynote - Smart Energy Summit 2020

Debbie Kimberly

VP, Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications

Austin Energy

Austin Energy - Smart Energy Summit keynote
 

10:00 a.m.

Networking Break


10:30 a.m.

Effective Approaches to Demand Response: Next Stage of Engagement

Utilities are increasingly adopting innovative technologies to enhance demand response capabilities. Distributed energy resources that include connected products such as smart thermostats, smart water heaters, and pool pumps are becoming commonplace. This session addresses successful approaches to demand response that enable customers to have access to backup power, reduce energy bills, and maximize the use of renewable energy, while helping utilities manage distributed energy resources on the grid.

Eric Arnold, Residential Energy Efficiency Program Implementation Manager, Georgia Power

Dan Forman, CEO, Copper Labs

Sweta Hari, Director, Product Management, Lennox International 

Emilie Stone, Director of Product, Uplight

Steve Wheat, Sr. Program Manager, Grid Services, Sunrun Inc.

Moderator: Chris O'Dell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


11:15 a.m.

Optimize Smart Home Bundle Offerings: Capturing the Consumer

Energy providers are examining a variety of home services to complement energy services to the home. Established services such as HVAC services, home warranty services, security services, and insurance offers represent the most compelling opportunities, as these industries are established. This session addresses how bundling energy, energy monitoring, and energy management offerings with these established categories provides new value to the consumer and competitive differentiation.

Speakers TBA

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


12:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch


1:00 p.m.

Energy Management Platforms: Adding Value

The gap between consumers thinking energy efficiency is important and the actual use of tools that enable energy efficiency is an opportunity. Utilities can serve this need by providing simple tools and customized recommendations to homeowners and eliminating friction associated with making upgrades over time. This session addresses the platforms that add value through the user experience and available data analytics.

Shawn Berry, VP Strategic Sales, Alarm.com 

Adam Justice, Founder and CEO, ConnectSense

Håkan Ludvigson, CEO & Founder, Eliq

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


2:00 p.m.

Keynote


2:30 p.m.

Networking Break


3:00 p.m.

FLO - Smart Energy Summit session sponsor - Building the Utility InfrastructureBuilding the Fast Charging Infrastructure: Speeding up EV Adoption
Session Sponsored by FLO

Currently, 7% of US broadband households indicate a high purchase intention to buy an electric vehicle in the next 12 months. In this panel, speakers share the experience of the synergies between the creation of a regional fast-charging infrastructure and the impact on the local adoption of electric vehicles. Panelists share case studies involving the implementation of a fast charging network, the rationale behind charger locations, and actual observed results on station use, charging patterns, and EV sales.

Jeff Dion, Project Line Manager, AddÉnergie

Michael Wenzlaff, Senior Program Manager, Electric Vehicles, BC Hydro

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Chris O'Dell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


4:00 p.m.

Keynote

Parks Associates research keynote - Smart Energy Summit

Brad Russell

Research Director, Connected Home

Parks Associates

Parks Associates - energy research keynote - Smart Energy Summit

 


4:30 p.m.

Utility Marketplaces: Building Customer Relationships

Utility marketplaces enable energy providers to offer a digital experience that combines the merchandising of energy efficient products with accompanying rebates and incentives, all of which help fulfill a range of utility business goals. This session addresses the benefits of non-traditional energy services, the ability for a utility market place to improve customer engagement and transactions, and the impact of partnerships.

Anne Arquit Niederberger, VP Market Development, Enervee

Phil Scarbro, Vice President, EFI

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


5:00 p.m.

Voice, AI, Machine Learning, Diagnostics: Impacting Energy Efficiency

Voice-based platforms—such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant—are increasingly used as the de facto hubs in the connected home. Interoperability with voice assistants and other smart products is an important consideration among those intending to purchase a smart thermostat. This session addresses the impact voice and AI have had on consumers and the future role they will play in driving energy efficiency solutions.

Eric Danziger, Chief Revenue Officer, Innowatts

Daan Goossens, VP of Growth, Mysa Smart Thermostats 

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception


7:00 p.m.

Networking Dinner


Wednesday, February 19 - Technology Driving New Opportunities


7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates


8:45 a.m.

Consumers and Distributed Energy Resources (DERS): Impact on the Grid

Energy providers are among the top three preferred channels for distributed energy equipment. Manufacturers and companies specializing in solar and storage also top the list of distribution channels. This session addresses the adoption of distributed energy and electric vehicle ownership and the impact on the grid, including the challenges the industry faces with affordability and distribution channels of these products.

Ron Chebra, Vice President, Grid Modernization, EnerNex

James Mater, GM, Smart Grid, QualityLogic, Inc

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Denise Ernst, Vice President, Parks Associates


9:45 a.m.

Keynote


10:15 a.m.

Networking Break


10:45 a.m.

Energy Data and the Smart Home: Enhancing the Customer Relationship

An easy-to-understand energy bill and the ability to check a home’s energy usage real time are the most valuable energy management features tested. This session addresses how access to high-frequency energy data enables multiple value-added services, including those that can be monetized as a service to consumers and those that can serve partners as lead generation tools or as part of a broader home warranty service.

Rand Bailin, Partner, Sprosty Network

Justin Berghoff, Director, Business Development & Product Management, Leviton

Daniel Roesler, Co-founder & CTO, UtilityAPI

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


11:45 a.m.

Keynote

Bidgely keynote - Smart Energy Summit

Abhay Gupta

Founder & CEO

Bidgely

Bidgely - Smart Energy Summit CEO keynote
 

12:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch


1:15 p.m.

Lessons Learned: Partnerships and Adoption of Smart Energy Solutions

New business models and technologies provide opportunities to change the customer relationship and drive engagement and participation in programs. To optimize available opportunities, partnerships with third parties are critical, whether those partners are retailers, device manufacturers, or other service providers that can expand offerings, capabilities, or improve customer satisfaction.

Wannie Park, VP Corporate and Business Development, Inspire

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


2:00 p.m.

DERMS: Moving Beyond Legacy Programs

As smart thermostat adoption accelerates, utilities can leverage this installed base of products as DR assets. When the installed base of smart thermostats reaches 25%, it will have an impact on the generation supply stack. This session addresses how the industry will move beyond today’s early programs towards more than 10% adoption of these products and services.

Paul Schueller, Founder & CEO, Franklin Energy

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Denise Ernst, Vice President, Parks Associates


2:45 p.m.

Networking Break


3:00 p.m.

5G Implementation: Impact on Utilities and Consumers

5G technologies will ultimately ease the burden on mobile networks and smart homes while providing much quicker broadband speeds and more reliable connectivity. These improvements will target the billions of new IoT devices that will connect to operators’ networks over the next decade and beyond. This session will address the disruption and impact of 5G on the utility markets and specifically the impact to the consumer.

Rakshith Halevoor Prabhachand, Product Manager, IBM

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Chris O'Dell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


3:45 p.m.

Clean Energy Trends: Community Renewables and Accessibility

Community renewable projects expand the market, making it easier for consumers to use clean energy. These programs reduce barriers for consumers and expand the market by providing options to renters, multi-story condo owners, and homeowners with shaded roofs. This session addresses the opportunity to offer consumers the ability to significantly save energy, easily manage vendors and installation, and have access to the benefits of renewable energy.

Joel Gamoran, Director of Product Operations, Arcadia Power

Marshall Gobuty, Founder and President, Pearl Homes

Troy Martin, COO, Swytch-X, Inc.

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates


4:45 p.m.

Closing Comments and Networking Reception


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