Home Energy Management Systems or HEMS come in many different forms. In the last year we have seen a surge of products that can either enable home automation controls or combine with in-home displays. These systems enable the consumer to make energy management decisions based on visual cues or text messages if usage or TOU rates hit a specified threshold. The real question is – who derives the value? Is this a utility push to the consumer? If not, shouldn’t we see the demand spurring similar systems that consumers can purchase to do energy management functions with or without Smart Grid integration? The sessions today will address the value of HEMS as seen from consumer brands, residential consumers, utilities and service providers as these players move to make HEMS more than a niche product/service market.
Most consumer brands face tight margins making brand differentiation a key factor. Many consumer products are network connected driven by content and social networking applications, but what about energy management? Energy management can start at the device itself and then utilize the home area network, enabling energy monitoring, controls, and providing insight on consumption. This session will address how known brands are approaching energy management in devices and home energy management systems. What is the interest in energy management from both a monitoring and control viewpoint, and can the existing home network be leveraged?
Elizabeth Kurfess - Panelist
Global Product Manager, Home Energy Systems
GE Consumer and Industrial
Dean Samara-Rubio - Panelist
Solution Architect, Home Energy and Smart Grid
Kimberly Kupiecki - Panelist
Senior Vice President
Bill Carney - Speaker
Technical Standards Strategist
Mark Trayer - Panelist
This panel session focuses on the factors that motivate consumers to adopt energy management solutions. The first issue that will be addressed is whether consumers care enough about managing their energy consumption to consider solutions currently available and being developed. Parks Associates’ research shows that not all have the same level of desire to better manage their energy consumption. So what motivates early adopters and why haven’t many of these already purchased systems? This panel of executives charged with developing consumer markets for their organizations’ energy management solutions will discuss what they believe consumers value when it comes to managing their energy consumption.
Bill Ablondi - Moderator
Director, Home Systems
Aine Denari - Panelist
Director of Strategy
Paul Fulton - Panelist
Charlotte Skidmore - Panelist
Director, Energy & Environmental Policy
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Patty Durand - Panelist
Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
There are myriad of challenges utilities face as they transition to the Smart Grid. Providing the appropriate processes and systems are only a small piece of the test. Utilities also need to zero-in the consumer-centric vision for market mass market adoption and acceptance. With all the new energy management technologies coming to market, understanding how users interact with these tools and devices in their daily lives is essential. From smart-energy devices and technology and business model enablers to ‘Connectivity’ for everyday life a strategic market deployment plan is essential. The panel session today will address the value of market deployment, the new energy consumer, and ‘connective’ technology while exploring the challenge of market penetration and retention barriers that commonly exist with energy-efficiency solutions.
Mark Ishac - Moderator
Managing Director, Smart Grid Insights Practice
Manas Saksena - Panelist
Sr. Director of Technology
Mei Shibata - Panelist
CBO and Co-Founder