SOURCE: Parks Associates

SMART Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer | JAN 24-26 2011 |

January 13, 2011 10:54 ET

Smart Energy Summit Examines Opportunities in Energy Management for Utilities, Service and Security Providers, Retailers, and CE Manufacturers

Conference Features Speakers From IBM, Verizon, Best Buy, GE, PG&E, TXU, CEDIA, U.S. Department of Commerce

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - January 13, 2011) - International research firm Parks Associates today announced the list of speakers for its upcoming Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, January 24-26, Austin, Texas.

Parks Associates will also host a special pre-show workshop on January 24, Energy: Consumer Demand and New Business Models, which will feature a special speaker session "Emerging Business Models -- Alternative Approaches."

"Utilities are trialing HAN-activated meters, but it will take some time and testing before they are ready for mass deployments," said Bill Ablondi, director, home systems research, Parks Associates. "Consumer demand for energy-saving solutions is high now, meaning there are immediate opportunities for multiple types of players, including service providers and CE manufacturers, to develop their own solutions. We are fortunate to have executives speaking at the Smart Energy Summit with the necessary range of experience and expertise to examine both the short- and long-term opportunities in this market."

Ron Ambrosio, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Global Research Executive, Energy & Utilities Industry; Chairman, U.S. Department of Energy, GridWise Architecture Council
George W. Arnold, Eng.Sc.D., National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
Andres Carvallo, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Grid Net

John Heflin Baker, Jr., Chief Strategy Officer, Austin Energy
Utz Baldwin, CEO, CEDIA
David Bercovich, VP, Business Development, AlertMe
Kris Bowring, Sr. Director, Emerging Business, Best Buy
Eric Bruno, SVP, Consumer Product Management & Development, Verizon
Scott Burns, Manager, Smart Energy Product Management, Reliant Energy
Colin Calder, CEO, PassivSystems
Gavin Cato, Director of Strategic Alliances, Elster Solutions
Al Choperena, President, SimpleHomeNet, Inc.
Brian Dawson, CEO, Calico Energy
Christopher Deutschen, Senior Manager, Direct Energy
Greg Ennis, Technical Director, Wi-Fi Alliance
Sheri Givens, Public Counsel, Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel
Chano Gomez, Director of Business Development, Lantiq North America, representing HomeGrid Forum
David Hennekes, VP, Residential Markets, TXU Energy
Randy Kauffman, President, NextEnergy
Mark Komanecky, VP, Sales & Marketing, Eragy
John Lacour, COO, DMN3
Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee
Steve Malnight, VP, Integrated Demand Side Management, PG&E
Andy Melder, Powerline Marketing, Broadcom
Greg Memo, CEO, GreenWave Reality
Bill Muston, Manager, Research & Development, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC
Ivan O'Neill, Strategic Alliance Manager, Southern California Edison
Roy Perry, Director, Technology Integration, CableLabs
Rob Ranck, President, HomePlug Powerline Alliance
Steve Samolinski, Director, Solution Management, Connected Home Solutions, Ingersoll Rand
Bill Scheffler, Senior Director, North American Business Development, Z-Wave Alliance
JT Thompson, Utility Sales Leader, GE Appliances and Lighting
Kenneth Wacks, Member, GridWise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy
Steve Widergren, Principal Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Smart Energy Summit is the premier event examining business opportunities and technical challenges as smart grid technologies move into the home. Visit or contact 972-490-1113, for information.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, hosted by Parks Associates, is the premier conference studying the market for residential energy management and smart grid technologies.

The event features a unique combination of market research, including Parks Associates' landmark Residential Energy Management service, and real-world expertise, with industry experts examining the current status of smart grids, 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.

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