DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - January 20, 2011) - Consumer interest in energy-saving solutions will help push the number of households with remote monitoring and control to over 14 million by 2015, with security system and broadband service providers joining utilities in this market, according to international research firm Parks Associates. The firm, a leader in the consumer energy market research space, will host the 2nd Annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, in Austin, January 24-26, which will feature a diverse list of utilities, solution developers, and technology companies as sponsors.

"With energy management expanding to the cloud, a variety of new companies and technologies are moving into this market," said Bill Ablondi, director, home systems research, Parks Associates. "The sponsors for Smart Energy Summit bring a variety of expertise in residential solutions, technology standards, and real-world offerings that will expand the presence of energy management in U.S. households."

AlertMe provides simple and affordable home energy management and connected home services directly to consumers and through channel partners.

Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications.

Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with over 6 million residential and commercial customer relationships.

DMN3 is a marketing firm founded in 1992 and delivers value to clients by focusing on three industries -- energy, financial and healthcare.

ecobee delivers intelligent conservation solutions for real people. The company is building its product platform around The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™.

The GreenWave Reality platform creates smart energy-efficient homes through the monitoring and controlling of devices. This system benefits both utilities and consumers.

HomeGrid Forum is a global, non-profit trade group promoting the International Telecommunication Union's G.hn standardization efforts for next-generation wired home networking and Smart Grid applications.

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance is the leading industry association for powerline networking with more than 70 member companies and more than 200 HomePlug-certified devices.

Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions, a business comprised of well-known brands like Schlage and Trane, delivers safety, comfort and efficiency to homeowners throughout North America.

Motorola Mobility now offers the 4Home software platform, an exciting new way to expand your service offerings for Home Control, Home and Health Monitoring and Energy Management.

NextEnergy® is a solar PV contractor with over 30 years experience demonstrating innovation in home energy management.

Panamax/Furman's BlueBOLT® technology provides an integrated hardware/cloud-based software solution for power and energy management of home electronics.

Reliant Energy provides electricity and energy services to more than 1.5 million retail customers -- including homes, small and large businesses, manufacturing facilities, government entities and institutions across Texas.

The Z-Wave Alliance is an open consortium of over 160 industry-leading manufacturers who create products and services to provide advanced yet practical solutions for energy savings, comfort and convenience, safety and security in the residential market based on Z-Wave, the standard in wireless home control.

Smart Energy Summit is the premier event examining business opportunities and technical challenges as smart grid technologies move into the home. Visit www.smartenergysummit2011.com or contact 972-490-1113, sales@parksassociates.com 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. http://www.smartenergysummit2011.com

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Mindi Sue Sternblitz-Rubenstein
Parks Associates