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Feb 2018
Feb 2018


The Omni Southpark Hotel 4140 Governors Row Austin , Texas 78744
Tel: (512) 448-2222
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Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer
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The ninth-annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 19-21, 2018, at the Omni Downtown in Austin, Texas.

Smart Energy Summit focuses on the intersection of the utility and consumer technology markets, which is creating new opportunities for energy providers, energy management companies, home control platforms and services, and the integration of new connected devices.

This event examines the impact of the Internet of Things on utilities and consumers.

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Mar 19   

Monday, February 19


12:00 p.m.  Smart Energy Summit Registration Open

1:00-5:00 P.M. Parks Associates Smart Energy Workshop

The Role of Energy Providers in the Smart Home (additional fee to attend)

5:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Full online schedule.

Feb 20   

Tuesday, February 20

Changing Role of Energy and Utilities


7:30 a.m. Registration Open

7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m. Energy Efficiency and the Smart Home Interactive Panel

9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote

10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. Energy Monitoring and Management: New Revenue Opportunities Interactive Panel

11:45 a.m. Networking Lunch

12:45 p.m. Net Zero Homes and the Evolution of Home Energy Management Interactive Panel

1:30 p.m. Keynote

CR Herro, Vice President of Innovation, Meritage Homes

2:00 p.m. Energy Providers: Defining the Role in Home Energy Management Interactive Panel

3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:30 p.m. Energy Providers: Opportunities Beyond Energy Management Interactive Panel

4:30 p.m. Keynote

Russ Vanos, SVP, Strategy & Business Development, Itron

5:00 p.m. End of Day Wrap Up and Q& A Session

5:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Full online schedule.

Feb 21   

Wednesday, February 21

Understanding Distributed Energy Resources


7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m. Innovation in the Smart Home Market Interactive Panel

9:45 a.m. Keynote

10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. Residential Battery Storage and EVs Presentation Panel

11:30 a.m. TBD

12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. Managing the Grid with Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Interactive Panel

2:30 p.m. Wholesale Market Opportunities Interactive Panel

3:30 p.m. Closing Comments

3:45 p.m. Networking Reception

Full online schedule.


Keynote Speakers


Vice President of Innovation

Meritage Homes

CR has a 25 history of successful industry disruption and new business development for multi-billion dollar construction industries.  CR has been directly responsible for business development and M&A for the construction industry through the US. Over his 25 year career, CR has developed new business groups for Vulcan Materials, Lafarge / Holcium, and Meritage Homes.  

In 2009, CR joined Meritage Homes as the Vice President of Innovation, where he led their efficiency, automation, renewable, and advanced building programs.  Meritage was the first production home builder to build 100% Energy Star certified homes, offer cost effect zero energy homes in all of their markets throughout the US, and has partnered to align buyers, municipalities, trades, suppliers, and utilities in better building techniques.  In the last five years, Meritage has consecutively received the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence Award, recognizing their ongoing industry leadership.

Russ Vanos

SVP, Strategy & Business Development


Russ Vanos, vice president sales and marketing, global software and services for Itron, is a utility industry and connected city visionary who played a major role in driving early smart grid technology adoption in North America. He is now leading Itron’s global software and services marketing and sales and remains integral to the Internet of Things and smart cities initiatives for the company.

Vanos manages all aspects of Itron’s software and services sales and marketing enablement. From solution management to sales, Vanos is responsible for all outcome-based software and services offerings for Itron globally.

Vanos joined Itron in 1980 and has held various leadership positions across sales, marketing and operations, both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Vanos served as senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development.

Vanos is on the boards of the Washington State University Energy Innovation Center and Envision Charlotte, is a member of Edison Electric Institute (EEI), sits on the Cisco Internet of Things Steering Committee, and is a founding member of the Smart Cities Council. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, including The Economist Innovation Forum, Meeting of the Minds, Smart City Council Meetings, Cisco IOT World Forum, and Smart City Expo.

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