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Bill Ablondi to introduce keynote panel session and highlight trends in energy management solutions

Parks Associates’ Director of Home Systems Research Bill Ablondi will lead and moderate the keynote panel session “The Future of Energy Management” during the CEDIA Expo on Friday, September 24. CEDIA EXPO 2010 will take place September 22-26, 2010, in Atlanta, GA.

Bill Ablondi will present findings from Parks Associates’ Residential Energy Management project, including consumer research, new opportunities for manufacturers and service providers to deliver energy solutions, and strategies for companies to communicate the benefits of smart grid technologies and successfully engage consumers.

In the new white paper “Consumer Attitudes and the Benefits of Smart Grid Technologies,” Parks Associates reports more than 80% of U.S. broadband households are interested in learning about ways to cut energy expenditures, but utilities and their partners will be challenged in designing solutions to meet consumers’ varying needs and budgets.

“Nearly one-half of households are very interested in in-home electricity monitors, but lack of interest is also substantial at 20%,” Ablondi said. “Companies have to ensure they are targeting the right segments at the right price in this early market in order to build market momentum for new REM solutions.”

What: “The Future of Energy Management”

Leaders in consumer technology, energy management, and smart grid technology will deliver the state of the union as it relates to energy management and the electronic systems industry during this keynote panel.

Keynote Moderator:
Bill Ablondi, Director, Home Systems Research, Parks Associates

Keynote Panelists:
Jesse Berst, Managing Director, GlobalSmartEnergy
Collin Breakstone, Director, Business Development, Control4 Energy Systems
Chris Deutschen, Senior Manager Innovation & Business Development, Direct Energy
Jay McLellan, President & CEO, Home Automation, Inc. (HAI)
Fiona Sim, Director of the Intel Open Energy Initiative, Intel Corp.

When: Friday, September 24, 8:45-10:30 a.m.

Where: Georgia World Congress Center
Thomas Murphy Ballroom 2-3 – Building B
285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591

Press Registration:

Interview: To request an interview or additional information, contact Holly Sprague at, +1.720.987.6614.

Parks Associates will host the second annual Smart Energy Summit in Austin, Texas, January 24-26, 2011. Last year's event included over 225 executives, including CEOs and vice presidents from major U.S. and international energy players, who came together to examine the current status of smart grids in the U.S. and around the world, the opportunities and pitfalls of integrating home systems with smart grids, and the new benefits to consumers from cloud services and in-home control products. For more information, visit

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-owned and woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) markets. Celebrating its 35th year in 2021, Parks Associates is a partner to companies navigating the changing consumer technology landscapes through data-driven market insights, extensive consumer and industry intelligence, custom marketing services, and executive networking experiences and conferences.

The company's expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics, and energy management solutions.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media.

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