Pecan Street Project Director to discuss Austin's smart-grid demonstration and Energy Internet project at Smart Energy Summit

International research firm Parks Associates hosts event in Austin, January 25-27

Dallas, Texas, (PresseBox) - Parks Associates announced today the Smart Energy Summit will feature a special session focusing on the Pecan Street Project, with a presentation from the project's executive director Brewster McCracken on January 27, 3:30 p.m. Mr. McCracken will discuss the activities of the Pecan Street Project, which was awarded $10.4 million in federal stimulus money in November 2009 for its proposed Energy Internet project.

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, hosted by Parks Associates in cooperation with Austin Energy on January 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency, Austin, Tex., focuses on the opportunities and challenges in residential energy technologies.

The conference features research from Parks Associates' Residential Energy Management project, which reports that 80-85% of U.S. households are willing to pay for inhome energy monitors if these solutions can reduce their electric bills.

"The Pecan Street Project is an important example of crossindustry cooperation among multiple entities," said Bill Ablondi, director, home systems research, Parks Associates. "There are significant changes underway in the energy industry, and the Pecan Street Project has set up a perfect incubator for cuttingedge technologies that could have farreaching implications."

The Pecan Street Project in Austin, Texas, is a citywide laboratory devoted to revolutionizing the delivery, use, and generation of energy. It provides a place where researchers and entrepreneurs can develop, test, and implement the urban power system of the future.

For more information, visit www.smartenergysummit2010.com.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, hosted by Parks Associates in cooperation with Austin Energy, is the premier conference studying the market for residential energy management and Smart Grid technologies.

The event, January 25-27, 2010, in Austin, Tex., features a unique combination of market research, featuring Parks Associates' landmark Residential Energy Management service, and realworld expertise derived from Austin Energy's Smart Grid, the largest working Smart Grid in the U.S. http://www.smartenergysummit2010.com

Parks Associates

Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Parks Associates creates research capital through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

http://www.parksassociates.com

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