If you’re looking to get into the energy management field, work for an electric utility rolling out smart grid programs or are seeking some keen insights about how to engage consumers in energy efficient behavior, you may want to head to Austin, Texas Feb. 28 to March 1, 2012 for research firm Parks Associates’ third annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer.
The summit will focus on consumer interest and adoption of current REM (residential energy management) cloud solutions and integration of remote monitoring applications with connected and mobile CE. Earlier this year Parks reported that owners of smartphones and users of security systems are more apt to subscribe to home energy management services, and that comfort and security are keys to cracking this market.
The summit features executive presentations and industry analysts, managers, and strategists in panel discussions on the state of the market and the emergent consumer and business opportunities as the market develops and deploys advanced REM solutions.
“Consumers are interested in ways to reduce energy consumption and maximize efficiency at home. Connected devices, smart grids, and REM technologies offer new opportunities for industry players to meet these needs,” said Tricia Parks, CEO, Parks Associates. “Smart Energy Summit will identify the business opportunities and best strategies in matching consumer interest with specific solutions, including cloud-based services that extend to popular platforms such as tablets and smartphones.”
- Forecasts and current status: smart grid and smart meter deployments, home area network (HAN) solutions, and independent energy management products and services
- Assessment of Smart Energy Profile (SEP) 2.0
- Strategies and tactics to engage consumers
- Privacy and security issues that come with managing consumer data
- Business models driving revenue growth
- Opportunities and business strategies for broadband service providers, security firms, HVAC maintenance contractors, utilities, manufacturers, and installers
- Consumer interest and expectations regarding energy-focused, cloud-based services and other energy management solutions
- Competitive assessments of current industry participants
Parks Associates’ research indicates utilities had installed 23 million AMI-capable meters on U.S. residences at the end of 2010. By the end of 2015, more than 55 million meters will be installed on 45 percent of U.S. households, with 10 percent enabled to communicate with systems and devices in the home as well as with a utility’s backend processing system.