Over 30 percent of U.S. broadband households are interested in the ability to remotely control appliances and thermostats and monitor security cameras through a PC or mobile device, opening opportunities in energy services for communications and security providers as well as manufacturers and utilities, according to international research firm Parks Associates. The firm, a leader in the consumer energy market research space, will host its 2nd Annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, in Austin, Texas, January 24 to 26, 2011, to analyze the growing energy management market.
“Utilities will be slow to ramp up their home area network efforts, reaching a mere 5 percent of U.S. homes by 2015, but they will deploy rapidly beyond that point, reaching nearly 40 percent by 2022,” said Bill Ablondi, director, home systems research, Parks Associates. “The energy management market will encompass a unique blend of utility deployments and independent solutions from a variety of players, and we look forward to hosting over 150 industry leaders at Smart Energy Summit to discuss new strategies and opportunities.”
Parks Associates will present new research findings and strategic recommendations at a half-day workshop prior to the Summit, Monday, January 24. The workshop, “Energy: Consumer Demand and New Business Models,” will include an interactive session “Emerging Business Models – Alternative Approaches,” with panelists from Austin Energy, TXU Energy, Motorola Mobility, and Ingersoll Rand.
Speakers at the Smart Energy Summit include Andres Carvallo, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, of Grid Net, who will present the keynote “A View into the Future: Customer Driven Smart Grids” on January 25, 9:30 a.m.; Ron Ambrosio, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Global Research Executive, Energy & Utilities Industry, who will present the keynote “Engaging the Consumer – How to make Smart Grids ‘Participatory'” on January 26, 9:00 a.m.; and George W. Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, who will present the keynote “How Will Consumers Benefit from the Smart Grid?” on January 26, 12:30 p.m.