Nearly 60% of U.S. Broadband Households Report Interest in Smart Home Solutions

Comcast, Nest, and ecobee to Keynote Smart Energy Summit

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2013) - Parks Associates today announced executives from Comcast, Nest, and ecobee will deliver keynotes at Smart Energy Summit to discuss the role of smart devices in enhancing energy management and smart systems. The fifth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer will be held February 17-19, 2014, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. The event addresses consumer interest in smart home solutions and connected devices, innovative demand response programs, and new partnerships and revenue opportunities.

"Nearly 60% of U.S. broadband households have some level of interest in safety, security, and convenience benefits enabled by security and smart home products, which is more than double the size of the current market," said Tricia Parks, CEO, Parks Associates. "Smart Energy Summit addresses the opportunities and strategies to leverage this demand into successful deployments and partnerships."

Keynote presentations will address the impact of connected appliances and thermostats on energy management solutions:

  • Erik Charlton, VP of Business, Nest, will present the luncheon keynote on February 18, 12:15 p.m.
  • Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee, will present the morning keynote on February 19, 9:45 a.m.
  • Bill Horrocks, VP, Product Management - Xfinity Home, Comcast, will present the luncheon keynote on February 19, 12:15 p.m.

The event features early sponsorship support from Speed Wire,, ecobee, Earth Networks - WeatherBug, Lowe's, People Power, Percepscion, PlanetEcosystems, Qualcomm, Schneider Electric, and Technicolor. The Smart Energy Summit 2014 Advisory Board features executives from the following:
Candi Controls
Gridwise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy
iControl Networks
Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions
Duke Energy
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
Schneider Electric
Southern California Edison (SCE)
VIA International

Parks Associates will also address energy management and home controls solutions during the session "Home Monitoring and Control: Attracting New Subscribers" at CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES in Las Vegas on January 7, 2014. This session, featuring executives from Amdocs, AT&T Digital Life,, iControl Networks, Lowe's, and Technicolor, examines the business issues confronting service providers and their impact on home controls.

Information about Smart Energy Summit is available at

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.

Contact Information:

Holly Sprague
Parks Associates