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15 JAN 2014

Consumer Energy-Efficiency Efforts Growing: Roughly 50% of U.S. broadband households own a programmable thermostat

International Research Firm Announces New Research and Speakers for 2014 Smart Energy Summit, February 17-19

New smart energy research from Parks Associates shows U.S. broadband households are adopting energy-saving solutions that could be the foundation for future smart home services and the Internet of Things:

  • Roughly 50% own a programmable thermostat, and 11% have a thermostat that can connect to the Internet
  • Roughly 20% own smart lighting or door lock equipment

“CES 2014 had many Internet-connected appliances on display that will contribute to the Internet of Things, and Parks Associates research shows growing consumer interest in these energy-saving solutions,” said Tom Kerber, director, research, Home Controls and Energy, Parks Associates. “Smart Energy Summit next month will bring together the biggest names in the industries, including keynotes from Nest, Comcast, Austin Energy, and ecobee, to discuss this growing consumer demand and business solutions for utilities, service providers, retailers, and manufacturers.”

The fifth-annual Smart Energy Summit will be held February 17-19, 2014, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The executive conference focuses on energy management solutions for consumers. Keynotes:

  • Erik Charlton, VP of Business, Nest
  • Bill Horrocks, VP, Product Management - Xfinity Home, Comcast
  • Debbie Kimberly, VP of Distributed Energy Services, Austin Energy
  • Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee

“I’m looking forward to participating in the Smart Energy Summit," said Bill Horrocks, VP, Product Management - Xfinity Home, Comcast. "The home control market is growing tremendously, and it’s being driven by innovative technology, affordability and consumer demand. We are continuing to enhance our Xfinity Home platform so we can give our customers more ways to intelligently manage their homes.”

Smart Energy Summit is sponsored by Speed Wire, Alarm.com, Earth Networks – WeatherBug, ecobee, EcoFactor, Lowe's, People Power, Percepscion, PlanetEcosystems, Qualcomm, Z-Wave, AlertMe, Schneider Electric, and Technicolor. Speakers include:

2014 Keynotes

Erik Charlton, VP of Business, Nest

Bill Horrocks, VP, Product Management - Xfinity Home, Comcast

Debbie Kimberly, VP of Distributed Energy Services, Austin Energy

Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee

Kevin Meagher, Vice President & General Manager, Smart Home, Lowe's


2014 Speakers

Artyom Astafurov, Chief Innovation Officer, DataArt
Duncan Bees
, Chief Technology and Business Officer, HGI
Scott Burns, Director of Product Innovation, Reliant
Al Choperena
, CEO, Smartenit
Eric Danziger
, VP, Business Development, Genability
Ted Fagenson
, CMO, EcoFactor
Seth Frader-Thompson, President, EnergyHub
Joseph Franz
, Strategic Channel Partnership Development, Constellation
David Friedman
, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ayla Networks
Denis Garman, Category Leader - Energy Management & Information Group, Duke Energy
Kristian Handberg, Principal Consultant, Percepscion
Anthony Hawkins
, Group Product Manager, Landis+Gyr
Garth Hillman
, Secretary, Smart Grid Marketing and Technical Task Groups, Wi-Fi Alliance
Brent Hodges
, Senior Vice President Retail Unit, Tendril
Fabrice Hoerner
, Technical Marketing, Sr. Manager, Qualcomm
Dave Hyland
, Manager, Business Development, Schneider Electric
Syed Zaeem Hosain, CTO, Aeris Communications, Inc.

Joe Jankosky, Director, Intelligent Home Vertical Markets, Time Warner Cable
V. Rory Jones, President, PlanetEcosystems
Dave Kaintz
, Manager of Programs and Projects, SCE
Jay Kenny
, Vice President, Marketing, Alarm.com
Yann Kulp, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, EcoBusiness North America, Schneider Electric
Dan Lieberman, Senior Director of Platform Strategy, SmartThings
Josh Lich
, Product Strategy and Marketing, Opower
Tim Lott, Director of Energy, Vivint
Ryan Maley, Director of Strategic Marketing, ZigBee Alliance
Brewster McCracken
, President & CEO, Pecan Street Project Inc
Letha McLaren, Vice President, Product Management, iControl Networks
Kevin Meagher, Vice President & General Manager, Smart Home, Lowe's
Tomoyuki Nanami
Dave Oberholzer
, Director, Energy Products & Business Development, Earth Networks - WeatherBug
Duane Paulson
, SVP, Linear LLC
Matt Plante
, Vice President of Sales, Bidgely, Inc.
Jennifer Pulliam, Director of Products and Innovation, TXU Energy
Karthik Rajan
, Regional Vice President, ERCOT Sales, GDF SUEZ Energy Resources, NA
Ted Reguly, Director, San Diego Gas and Electric
Bram Reinders
, Director Alliance Management, CleanTX/Alliander NV
Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Z-Wave/Sigma Designs
Alan Shaffer, Deputy General Manager, Lakeland Electric
Matthew Smith
, Senior Director, Utility Solutions, Silver Spring Networks 
Ken Wacks, Management & Engineering Consultant, Gridwise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy
Gene Wang, CEO, People Power
Robert Warden
, VP of Partners and Alliances, Comverge, Inc.
Jeff Wilson
, Director of Product Management, NETGEAR    

Moderators / Parks Associates Analysts

John Barrett, Director of Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates

Maia Hinkle, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates


360 View: Energy & American Broadband Households highlights value propositions driving adoption of smart home products and services and the role of energy within this expanding market area. For more information on the new research, please visit www.parksassociates.com.

Information about Smart Energy Summit is available at www.ses2014.com.  Press passes for the event are available at http://www.parksassociates.com/ses-presspass. To schedule a meeting with an analyst or speaker, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com or 720.987.6614.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer addresses the evolution of the consumer utility market, the impact of COVID-19 on energy management programs, and new opportunities to drive engagement in utility-sponsored programs. Virtual panels and networking sessions, featuring executive-level experts from multiple industries, address strategies for utilities, service providers, retailers, software providers, and manufacturers to expand and monetize energy management and other energy-focused offerings through consumer engagement, new business models, unique partnerships, and innovative technologies.

Smart Energy Summit features an in-person conference February 13-15 at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, with virtual sessions on June 15, August 17, and November 9. The summit agenda features leaders from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy23. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit www.smartenergysmt.com.