Texas Energy Market Update: New Research Shows Strong Consumer Energy-Efficiency Efforts and Innovative Services

Texas Energy Market Update: New Research Shows Strong Consumer Energy-Efficiency Efforts and Innovative Services 
Reliant, Austin Energy, TXU Energy, and Other Texas Energy Companies
to Showcase Energy Management Insights at 2014 Smart Energy Summit 
DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 02/12/14 --  Parks Associates energy
research finds both consumers and utilities, through
energy-efficiency activities and unique services, are driving
innovations in the Texas energy markets. The firm, which hosts the
2014 Smart Energy Summit February 17-19 in Austin, found Texan
broadband households, over the last 12 months, made the following
efforts to reduce energy costs: 
52% adjusted their thermostats warmer in summer and cooler in winter 
49% turned off appliances, computers, and other electronics when not
in use 
 37% unplugged appliances, computers, and other electronics
when not in use
 42% switched some or all light bulbs to CFL/LED
 27% purchased an energy-efficient model to lower their home's
energy consumption  
"Approximately 38% of Texan broadband households have switched
electricity providers at least once, a much higher rate than the
national average," said Tom Kerber, director, energy and home
controls research, Parks Associates. "The Texas electricity market
has hosted many innovative pilots to reduce load and engage
consumers, with results that have national significance. Several
Texas-based companies will be sharing their insights with attendees
at the 2014 Smart Energy Summit next week in Austin." 
"Making it easy and convenient is the key to getting electricity
customers to take an active role in managing their energy use and
costs," said Scott Burns, Director of Product Innovation at Reliant,
an NRG company, which will participate in the summit. "We are
empowering our customers with innovative, intuitive products and
services like our Weekly Summary Email, our best-in-class Mobile App,
and the Learn and the Conserve Plan with the Nest Learning
Thermostat. Today, we have more than 700,000 customers using one or
more of our smart energy products and services. At Reliant, we
constantly seek ways to help our customers make smarter decisions --
both for the environment and for their budget." 
Deborah Kimberly, VP of Distributed Energy Services, Austin Energy,
will discuss Austin Energy's Power Partner Thermostat Program during
the opening keynote "Leveraging New Approaches and New Technology in
Addressing Utility Challenges" on Tuesday, February 18.  
Additional Texas companies participating: 
Just Energy
TXU Energy
 Pecan Street Project 
The fifth-annual Smart Energy Summit will be held February 17-19 at
the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. 2014 Smart Energy Summit sponsors
are Speed Wire, Percepscion, Alarm.com, Earth Networks - WeatherBug,
ecobee, EcoFactor, Lowe's, Opower, People Power, PlanetEcosystems,
Qualcomm, Technicolor, Z-Wave, AlertMe, Schneider Electric, and
Press passes are available at
http://www.parksassociates.com/ses-presspass. To schedule a meeting,
contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com or 720.987.6614. 
About Smart Energy Summit
 Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer
examines the expanding market for energy solutions and home controls
and its impact on utilities, service providers, retailers,
manufacturers, and consumers. The fifth-annual Smart Energy Summit
will take place February 17-19, 2014, at the Four Seasons in Austin,
Texas. www.ses2014.com, www.smartenergysummit2014.com 
Holly Sprague 
Parks Associates
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