International research firm Parks Associates announced the preliminary agenda and current speakers, sponsors and advisory board for the Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer. This conference, hosted in cooperation with Austin Energy on Jan. 25–27, 2010, in Austin, Texas, focuses on opportunities in residential energy management and the challenges of bringing smart grid technologies to U.S. households.

Sessions include the latest consumer research from Parks Associates’ landmark Residential Energy Management service, which surveys both consumers and utilities on attitudes and trends in this growing industry.

Andres Carvallo, CIO, Austin Energy, will present the keynote, “A New Journey: Utility 2.0.” He will share his vision of the utility of the future, informed by his company’s experiences developing and deploying its smart grid. George W. Arnold, national coordinator for smart grid interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, will also be a keynote speaker at the conference.

“U.S. utilities plan to have about 50 million AMI-capable meters installed within the next four to five years,” said Bill Ablondi, director, home systems research, Parks Associates. “The opportunities in developing and deploying residential energy solutions are enormous, and the Smart Energy Summit will provide attendees with the information necessary to navigate this new and growing business area.”

For more information, visit www.smartenergysummit2010.com.