DALLAS, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Research firm Parks Associates today announced the keynotes and presentation topics for next week's Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer. The consumer-focused executive energy conference, February 25-27 at the Sheraton Gunter San Antonio, features keynote presentations from Alarm.com and SDG&E, EnerNex, Lowe's, and Honeywell. The keynotes will focus on energy management in the connected home and specifically partnership opportunities, strategies to leverage connected devices, retail strategies, and necessary steps to engage consumers in this growing market.
Parks Associates will present new research at the Smart Energy Summit, including connected appliance data that show U.S. broadband households are increasingly interested in automated energy solutions. Nearly 50% are very interested in a thermostat that can automatically detect an unoccupied house and adjust the temperature to save money; 44% of households would allow utilities to manage and monitor their home appliances in order to reduce their energy consumption.
"Consumer adoption of energy solutions often begins with a single connected product, which companies can leverage to create new value-added services," said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls and Energy, Parks Associates. "Our Smart Energy Summit keynotes bring unique perspectives on this market, with strategies to increase consumer awareness and strengthen the value proposition for energy offerings. The Summit keynotes help address the different ways to engage consumers as well as how companies, including utilities, must evolve to meet the changes in this market."Smart Energy Summit 2013 keynotes: Roy Perry, VP, Ecosystem Alliances, Alarm.com, and Ted Reguly, Director, Customer Programs and Assistance, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will present "Partnering for Success in Home Energy Management" at 9 a.m. on February 26. The presentation focuses on the partnership between the two companies, with perspectives on how utilities and third parties with connected home platforms can cooperate in the consumer energy management value chain. Jeremy Eaton, VP & GM, Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions, Honeywell, will present "The Wave of Engagement" at 12 p.m. on February 26. The presentation focuses on steps to understand consumer motivations in technology adoption and using that knowledge, along with technological and societal trends shaping customers' daily routines, to create successful offerings. Kevin Meagher, VP, GM, Smart Home, Lowe's Companies, Inc., will present "Finding the Key to the Connected Home" on Tuesday at 5 p.m. This presentation outlines the giant retailer's strategy as it enters the market for Internet-connected products and services and what the company sees as the role of energy management in the emerging home ecosystem. Doug Housemann, VP, Technology and Innovations, EnerNex, will present "Getting to 2050 Profitably with Happy, Engaged Customers" on February 27 at 10:00 a.m. The presentation focuses on the rapid progress in energy management solutions and technologies and the varied strategies utilities can employ to address the unique customer segments in the energy market. Sponsors for Smart Energy Summit include Alarm.com, ecobee, EcoFactor, GreenWave Reality, Hitachi, Lowe's, PlanetEcosystems, Qualcomm, Sigma Designs, AlertMe, IPSO Alliance, and Itron. Visit http://www.smartenergysummit2013.com or contact 972-490-1113, firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Media can register at http://www.parksassociates.com/ses-presspass. About Smart Energy Summit Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines the expanding market for energy solutions and home controls and its impact on utilities, service providers, retailers, manufacturers, and consumers.