SOURCE: Parks Associates

SMART Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer | JAN 25-27 2010 |

December 10, 2009 11:37 ET

U.S. Department of Commerce, Austin Energy to Keynote Smart Energy Summit

Industry Event Focuses on Impact of Stimulus Funding for Consumers and Energy Management

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - December 10, 2009) - International research firm Parks Associates today announced executives from Austin Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will keynote the Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer. The two keynotes provide unique perspectives from business and governmental sides of the residential energy management (REM) industry, offering expert insight on successful deployment strategies and the impact of U.S. funding for smart grid projects.

Smart Energy Summit, hosted in cooperation with Austin Energy, will take place January 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Tex. The conference focuses on the opportunities and challenges of bringing advanced energy technologies to U.S. households.

"Recently, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced over $3 billion in funding for smart grid projects, with matching private-sector funds pushing the total over $8 billion," said Bill Ablondi, director, home systems research, Parks Associates. "This funding has implications for technology developers, utilities, and end users, and today there is the right mix of government incentive, competition, and societal pressure to make smart energy solutions viable."

Dr. George W. Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, NIST, U.S. Department of Commerce, will be presenting the luncheon keynote on Tuesday, January 26. He will provide insight into government initiatives for promoting smart grid projects.

Andres Carvallo, CIO, Austin Energy, will present the morning keynote "A New Journey: Utility 2.0" on January 26. He will share his vision of the utility of the future, informed by his company's experiences developing and deploying its Smart Grid.

The event agenda covers all aspects of the emerging in-home energy management technology market. Summit sessions include strategic insight and consumer research from Parks Associates' landmark Residential Energy Management service.

Early sponsors include Direct Energy, Exceptional Innovation, HAI, iControl Networks, INSTEON for the Smart Grid, and OpenPeak. Supporters include AltEnergyMag, CABA, CEDIA, Energy Priorities, Home Toys, Mercom Capital Group, Smart Grid Today, VB/Research, and WinSmartGrid.

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About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, hosted by Parks Associates in cooperation with Austin Energy, is the premier conference studying the market for residential energy management and Smart Grid technologies.

The event, January 25-27, 2010, in Austin, Tex., features a unique combination of market research, featuring Parks Associates' landmark Residential Energy Management service, and real-world expertise derived from Austin Energy's Smart Grid, the largest working Smart Grid in the U.S.

About Parks Associates

Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions. | | |

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