A big priority to emerge from NEEP’s Business and Consumer Electronics Strategy is capturing the significant energy efficiency gains from “smarter” energy use in the home. New all-in-one home energy management software is becoming increasingly available to those willing to change their energy consuming behaviors. So how do we change deeply entrenched behavioral patterns to align with more energy efficient usage? One way that's been working for energy efficiency thus far is to offer enticing incentives. Industry research firm Parks Associates has been researching these very issues and the connections between smart homes and utility programs. NEEP will be joining Parks Associates and industry leaders from utilities, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs at Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 17-19 in Austin, Texas. There will be a huge array of targeted conversations, including addressing consumer engagement in energy services and strategies to promote interest in energy-efficiency during the interactive panel session "Energy Management Programs: How to Engage the Apathetic Customer.” The fifth-annual Smart Energy Summit, held at the Four Seasons Hotel, will address consumer response to demand response programs and incentives for energy-efficiency, the growth of consumer energy-efficiency efforts, energy management technologies, solutions for consumers, and partnership opportunities between service providers and utilities. Event Keynotes: • Erik Charlton, VP of Business, Nest • Bill Horrocks, VP, Product Management - Xfinity Home, Comcast • Debbie Kimberly, VP of Distributed Energy Services, Austin Energy • Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee • Kevin Meagher, Vice President & General Manager, Smart Home, Lowe's More information about the Smart Energy Summit is available online. NEEP is very excited to be a conference supporter, and will be reporting out on the event and its implications to our work. Please contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific questions. We hope you will join us in Austin for the great conversation!