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29% of US broadband households plan to purchase a smart thermostat in 2020

Parks Associates

Parks Associates and PLMA presents data and insights on consumer awareness and
familiarity of energy management solutions, programs, and tools

Dallas, Texas, February 4, 2020 – Parks Associates research finds 29% of US broadband households plan to purchase a smart thermostat in 2020 and 13% of broadband households currently own a smart thermostat. Consumers are also showing more interest in automated energy programs, as 42% of current smart thermostat owners would allow a utility to adjust their device in order to save energy.

Parks Associates and PLMA will co-host the complimentary webcast “Trends and Opportunities in Residential Energy Management” on Thursday, February 6, 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET). The webcast will present industry insights, analysis on recent product announcements from CES, and new consumer and industry research from Parks Associates, including adoption of smart home products, new partnerships, and deployment of new programs by utilities.

“Consumer awareness and familiarity regarding energy management solutions, programs, and tools, including time-of-use, tiered pricing, and energy monitoring products, increased over the past year,” said Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “This can be partly attributed to utility marketing programs and co-marketing efforts with smart home product manufacturers.”

Joining Samuels on the webcast are the following speakers:

  • Rich Barone, Director of Strategic Consulting for Customer Resources & Markets, Hawaiian Electric
  • Foued Barouni, Product Line Manager, AddÉnergie | FLO
  • Abhay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Bidgely
  • Jenny Roehm, Senior Manager, Utility Solutions, Schneider Electric

 “As an industry, it is exciting to watch the continued evolution of controls technologies and the promise they hold for positively impacting the electric grid,” said Rich Philip, Manager - Business Demand Response, Duke Energy, and PLMA Thought Leadership Co-chair. “The lynchpin for making the connection between the smart grid and the smart home a reality is winning broad customer acceptance of these technologies.”

Parks Associates will host the Smart Energy Summit: Engaging Consumers, Feb 17-19 in Austin, Texas to examines the changing role of utilities and energy providers in the IoT era and offers research and insights on new opportunities to empower consumers with smart solutions to manage and save energy in the home.

To register for the webcast, visit http://www.parksassociates.com/plma-feb2020. To request data or an interview, please contact Elizabeth Parks at [email protected], 972-490-1113.

Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.  The company's expertise includes digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.  Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media. www.parksassociates.com

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) was founded in 1999 as a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to promote inclusiveness in the design, delivery, technology, and management of solutions addressing energy and natural resource integration. The non-profit association provides a forum for practitioners to share flexible load management expertise, including demand response and distributed energy resources. www.peakload.org

 

Navigant Seeking a Senior Business Development Manager

Navigant

 

Interested in working with talented people to help develop innovative solutions to some of society’s most complex and challenging problems? We are Guidehouse, a leading consulting firm serving the public sector and commercial clients with specialized capabilities in strategy, technology, and risk management. You may not yet know our name, but we have a rich history. Guidehouse is a combination of PwC’s former public sector practice and Navigant’s deep expertise in energy, financial services and healthcare.

We offer an exciting, fast-paced environment that fosters intellectual growth and rewards individuals based on impact, not tenure. Our firm is at the forefront of an emerging model solving complex problems that stretch across government and private companies, affording our people the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of the consulting profession. By focusing on markets facing transformational change, technology-driven innovation, and significant regulatory pressure, our employees also develop and deploy world class knowledge and problem solving that leads to breakthrough solutions.

Are you ready to lead the charge in energy transformation and sustainability? Come and roll up your sleeves and join our growing global Energy practice. Our consultants are passionate about building the energy systems of tomorrow and working side by side with utilities, governments, large corporations, and manufacturers to transform their businesses, manage complexity, and accelerate operational performance. From day one, you will develop ground breaking solutions that will jumpstart the distributed, intelligent, and low carbon energy industry of the future. Do you think you are up for the challenge?

The role can be based in any of the following locations: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA

Click here for more information.

 

 

Bonneville Power Administration Seeks DER Analyst

Bonneville Power Administration

Public Utilities Specialist Opportunity – Distributed Energy Resources – Portland, OR
Opens February 11, 2020 - Closes February 20, 2020 

Summary

The purpose of this position is to lead and perform distributed energy resources-related analyses, planning support and market research for the DER group. The position is located within the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) (PES) organization of Energy Efficiency (PE) and Power Services (P) in the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

Duties

  • Define and perform a variety of analyses related to DER technologies and products for diverse internal or external clients.
  • Perform and/or oversee contractor and team implementation of market research activities, including development of research strategies and methodologies.
  • Provide oversight on contractor work and supports manager in procuring contract resources.
  • Perform internal and external engagement on analyses and market research.
  • Represent BPA on Council and other regional committees related to DER planning and analyses.

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate the following specialized experience.

Perform research, analyses, planning, and reporting on items such as potential impacts, costs, ramp/penetration rates, and/or potential value streams, AND; utilize comprehensive market research strategies, AND; Solve methodological challenges as well as develop and review model inputs and outputs for non‐standard and/or innovative projects.

Compensation

Pay scale & grade: GS 13  Salary $97,360 - $126,571 per year

Learn More and Apply:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/559372500

Contact: Melanie Smith: [email protected]

 

 

Senior/Principal Level Engineer Opening with Nexant
Please apply at: https://apply.workable.com/nexant/j/0FCBF73C37/

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Nexant is looking for a Senior/Principal Level Distribution Planning and Analysis Engineer who will lead distribution-related consulting services offered to our utility and project developer clients. The Senior Distribution Planning and Analysis Engineer should also have prior experience in distribution system engineering and operations, as well as interconnecting distributed energy resources (DERs) such as distributed PV and energy storage to the distribution system. Preference will be given to those who have significant relevant experience for this Principal level position. This position can be based in the San Francisco, CA or Chandler, AZ locations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strong technical understanding of planning and operations of distribution systems, as well as power industry fundamentals and practices.
  • Experience in distribution planning, engineering, operations and capital budgeting.
  • Experience using distribution modeling and simulation software such as CYME, ETAP, WindMil, ArcGIS for steady state power flow, voltage, short circuit and other calculations.
  • Experience with development and use of distribution reliability performance metrics (SAIDI, SAIFI, etc.).
  • Experience with interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) such as distributed PV and energy storage and performing hosting capacity studies.
  • Experience with planning and procurement of Non-Wires Solutions for T&D projects.
  • Experience with the high-level design of electrical systems associated with DERs and micro grids, including developing one-line diagrams and high-level cost estimates.
  • Experience with analyzing large volumes of data from SCADA and customer billing databases.
  • Knowledge of technical characteristics of DERs such as battery storage, rooftop PV solar, EVSE, smart inverters and micro grids.
  • Knowledge of applicable codes and standards related to DERs such as IEEE 1547.
  • Knowledge and experience with reliability and resiliency improvement programs is a plus.
  • Knowledge of transmission planning and analysis is a plus.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or Advanced Degree in Electrical Engineering with 5+ years of experience in electric utility distribution planning, engineering and operations.
  • Strong working knowledge of distributed energy resources.
  • Registration as Professional Electrical Engineer is a plus.
  • Utility experience is a plus
  • Must be able to travel locally, nationally or internationally up to approximately 10% of the time.

About Nexant

Every day, Nexant employees partner with customers to reimagine the world we live in and create a more sustainable energy future.

Nexant is a premier provider of technology enabled solutions to the Utility and Energy Industry focused on the next generation intelligent grid, distributed energy resources, and the digital customer experience. Operating from 20 offices around the world, the company's team of industry professionals has completed more than 5,000 engagements in over 70 countries. Nexant's clients include over 200 utility and software services customers. We work with over 300 chemical and petroleum majors, financial institutions, and Fortune 500 companies. Find out more at www.nexant.com.

Nexant supports clients through the following business units:

  • Utility Software and Services: We deliver software-enabled strategy, consulting, and implementation services. Software has developed and commercialized a number of industry-leading software platforms and applications including iEnergy®, Grid360™, and iHedge®. Utility Services works with clients to drive customer energy savings; ensure cost-effective program design, implementation, management,and evaluation; and promote customer engagement.
  • Energy & Chemicals Advisory: We offer consulting services, subscriptions, and training. E&CA provides strategic planning, project development, competitor analysis, and market and price forecasting.
  • Government Services: We assist developing countries with energy sector policies, infrastructure, financing, and access to affordable electricity. We have worked in countries such as Kenya, Myanmar, India, Ethiopia, and many others.

Diversity & Sustainability at Nexant

At Nexant, diversity, equality, and inclusion matter. We have made a firm commitment to address diversity in every aspect of our business operations. We recognize that to be successful, it is vital to celebrate our differences, provide fair opportunity, and learn from one another.

The management of energy, water and other vital resources is in a pivotal moment in history. We believe we have an opportunity to empower sustainable activities as a business and as individuals.This belief is infused in our relationships with employees, clients, our supply chain, and the environment. We are proud of our sustainability achievements as a company and how our business aligns with the goal of a resourceful, responsible, and sustainable world. Nexant has been recording, reporting, and offsetting our North American office carbon emissions with The Climate Registry since 2008. Nexant is a member of EUISSCA, an alliance of US electric utilities and their suppliers that was formed to promote a robust and sustainable electric utility industry supply chain.

Nexant, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Contact: Sandy Ronning, [email protected]

 

 

Market Data: Global Energy Efficiency Spending
Energy Efficiency Spending and Capacity: Global Market Forecasts and Analysis

Navigant

 

This report by Navigant Research, a Guidehouse company, examines the global energy efficiency market. The study provides an analysis of market issues including drivers and barriers associated with global energy efficiency development. Regional overviews of key energy efficiency developments are included. Global market forecasts for programmatic spending and annual capacity are provided by region and customer segment through 2028.

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