Experient and Skipping Stone Awarded USTDA East Africa Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission Contract

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– January 17, 2018 – Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company, and Skipping Stone, LLC today announced the award of a contract from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). From February 26 through March 7 of 2018, the two firms will manage a reverse trade mission (RTM) on Electricity Smart Grid Solutions with a delegation of senior executives from electric distribution utilities, project developers and government decision makers from Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya. All four countries are experiencing similar pressures in their electricity sector, expanding generation capacity including intermittent sources like wind and solar, as a driver for economic growth. At the same time, each country has publicly committed to connecting underserved segments of its population to modern sources of electricity. The delegates will visit Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia and Houston, Texas to see the design, manufacture, and operation of U.S. goods and services that can support energy sector goals.

“Access to reliable, cost effective and sustainable electric power is the cornerstone of economic development in any economy”, says Chip Smith, Experient Vice President of Government Affairs. “USTDA as part of the U.S. Power Africa initiative, is taking a leadership role in connecting U.S. Smart Grid suppliers with projects to modernize the electricity grid in cities in Sub Saharan Africa and to bring microgrid solutions to remote areas in countries in Eastern Africa.”

“USTDA maintains an impressive rate of return on taxpayer dollars, generating $95 in U.S. exports for every $1 programmed,” continued Smith. “This is a win-win for U.S. companies and emerging markets which benefit from high quality U.S. goods and services. We have also partnered on these energy related RTMs with Skipping Stone as our Technical Expert in managing the RTMs.”

“This will be the ninth RTM in which we have partnered with USTDA and Experient over the last several years,” says Ross Malme, Skipping Stone Partner. “This RTM creates a unique opportunity for U.S. smart grid suppliers as we will be simultaneously working on modernization of existing electricity distribution systems in each of the countries, as well as bringing ‘off grid’ solutions to remote regions of the countries which grid power does not exist.”

“We will be emphasizing the U.S. leadership in renewable power generation, microgrid solutions, including solar PV integrated with energy storage, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), grid monitoring and relay protection and big data solutions,” continues Malme.

U.S. suppliers and DistribuTECH 2018 attendees participating in the largest annual T&D event in North America, who would like to be included in this RTM itinerary, should stop by the DTECH 2018 Skipping Stone booth #1401 in San Antonio, TX from January 23-25, 2018 to meet with Rebecca Kelly or contact Kerry O’Gorman via email at kogorman@skippingstone.com or phone: 770.676.0965.

About USTDA

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

About Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company®

Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company, leads the Meetings & Events Industry as one of the best-known and most-respected brands in the world. This reputation is earned with each meeting, convention, tradeshow, conference, sporting event, festival, and exhibition produced for clients.

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Skipping Stone Participates at the 2018 DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition

Skipping Stone Hosting International Delegates, Exhibiting, Chairing Conference Sessions at DistribuTECH 2018 – The Largest Annual T&D Event in North America  

 

San Antonio, Texas  – January 9, 2018 – Skipping Stone LLC™, a global energy markets consulting and technology services firm, announced today that Partner, Ross Malme, and Director of Marketing, Rebecca Kelly, will chair sessions on Smart Cities, Internet of Things, and Mobile Solutions during the DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, January 23-25, 2018.  Skipping Stone will meet with international delegations at its Booth #1401, as well as conduct individual meetings with international delegates during this annual transmission and distribution (T&D) event on Smart Grid and Smart City technology import and export opportunities.  DistribuTECH 2018 is an interactive, informational event which includes 14 conference tracks, over 520 exhibitors and over 20 utility university/training courses for more than 13,500 attendees from 70+ countries throughout the energy industry.

According to Mr. Malme, “The international Smart Grid and Smart City markets are moving quickly with expanding opportunities, and we are helping international and American companies gain traction and market share.  For the last 20 years, we have been helping customers including electric and water utilities, municipalities, manufacturers/vendors, federal power agencies, energy end users, and energy service companies compete in the energy industry to develop markets abroad… especially recently, as issues have become more complex.”

Mr. Reji Kumar Pillai, India Smart Grid Forum President, said, “The market for Smart Grid and Smart Cities in India is expanding at a rapid pace. Through the U.S. Commercial Service International Buyers Forum Program at DistribuTECH, our buyers of these technologies get access to the excellent technical content of the conference, as well as opportunities to interact with leading providers of US Smart Grid and Smart City technologies.”

U.S. companies wishing to find out more about how Skipping Stone can assist them with registering for the International Buyers Forum at DTECH and information about which international delegations are attending DistribuTECH 2018, should contact Rebecca Kelly at rkelly@skippingstone.com  O +1 (770) 558-2757 M +1(770) 401-4044.

About Skipping Stone
Skipping Stone is a consulting and technology services firm that helps natural gas and electricity utilities, market participants, and solution providing clients globally to navigate market changes, capitalize on opportunities, and manage business risks. From innovation through strategy development, market research and assessment to implementation of business plans and technologies, the firm provides a wide array of services. Skipping Stone’s model of deploying energy industry executives has delivered measurable bottom-line results for over 270 clients globally. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. For more information, visit www.SkippingStone.com or www.SkippingStone.co.jp.

 

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Skipping Stone Releases Year-End Energy Retail Market Survey Results

ATLANTA, GA – December 12, 2017 – Skipping Stone LLC™, a global energy markets consulting and technology services firm, announced today that energy retailers in the United States are noting 2018 challenges and are interested in seeking markets internationally, as reported in a year-end energy retail markets survey.

 

“We saw a big jump in retail energy companies planning to expand into international markets,” said Skipping Stone Principal, John Landry. “Over 45 percent of our respondents said they were looking to expand into Japan, Europe or Mexico.”

The survey identified the two biggest retailer concerns going into 2018 as gas and electric margin challenges and state regulatory concerns. The survey also indicated that retailers are expanding their customer offerings to non-commodity products and services.  More specifically, over 50 percent of the respondents are focusing on demand response.

“We also see the continuing trend behind green energy as more than 59 percent of retailers are seeing an increase in customer demand for green in energy,” said Landry. “This continues to be a good area for incremental margin for retailers.”

For more information and a copy of the survey results, please contact John Landry.  JLandry@SkippingStone.com 678-837-1645.

About Skipping Stone

Skipping Stone is a consulting and technology services firm that helps natural gas and electricity utilities, market participants and solution-providing clients globally to navigate market changes, capitalize on opportunities and manage business risks. The firm provides a wide array of services from innovation through strategy development, market research and assessment to implementation of business plans and technologies. Skipping Stone’s model of deploying energy industry executives has delivered measurable bottom-line results for over 270 clients globally. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. For more information, visit www.SkippingStone.com or www.SkippingStone.co.jp.

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Skipping Stone Partner Chairs Panel on “DR & DER in Transition” at the 4th Annual DR & DER World Forum

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA  – October 10, 2017 – Skipping Stone LLC™, a global energy markets consulting and technology services firm, announced today that its Partner Ross Malme will chair a panel presenting on Day 2, October 12, 2017 of  the conference to be held at the Hilton Costa Mesa in Costa Mesa, California, Wednesday, October 11 through Thursday, October 12th, 2017. Mr. Malme’s panel will present on “DR & DER in Transition” scheduled for Thursday from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Pacific Time.  His Panelists include: Paul Steffes, PE, President and CEO, Steffes; Conrad Eustis, Director-Retail Technology Strategy, Portland General Electric; and Clint Caudle, President and Director of Software Development, Carina Technology.

According to Mr. Malme, “Utilities around the world are under increasing pressure to accommodate energy efficiency, control load, and integrate distributed energy resources such as renewables. These factors plus an urgent need to control greenhouse gasses are driving new requirements for energy resiliency, sustainability, and power quality — all of which impact the traditional utility business case. For utilities to thrive in this changing market, they must embrace greater network agility and work with customers to maximize value for all stakeholders in the value chain.”

The 4th Annual Demand Response & Distributed Energy Resources World Forum, October 11-12, 2017 in Costa Mesa, CA brings together stakeholders from across the DR / DER industry and internationally to examine the latest technology advances, case studies, and business strategies for optimizing demand response, energy efficiency, DER integration and control, and demand side management programs. Organized by the Smart Grid Observer, the event will help utilities and C&I end users realize the full economic benefits of incorporating these capabilities into their operations, and leveraging the next-generation smart grid to optimize performance. To register, click here.

“This two-day event provides executives an opportunity to really discuss and control where the market is heading,” said Daniel Coran, program manager and editor of the Smart Grid Observer.  “It’s a great opportunity to network with thought leaders and decision makers at the DR and DER cutting edge.”

The Official Host Utility for the Forum is Southern California Edison, and features expert speakers including:

  • Doug Houseman, Grid Modernization Lead, Burns & McDonnell
  • Mark Martinez, Senior Project Manager, Southern California Edison
  • Emilio Camacho, Chief of Staff,  California Energy Commission
  • Craig Wooster, CEO,  Wooster Energy Engineering
  • Josh Rasin, Project Manager, Energy Strategy,  Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Rao Konidena, Principal Advisor, Policy Studies, Midwest ISO
  • Conrad Eustis, Director, Retail Technology, Portland General Electric
  • Gary Connett, Chair, Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Technical Advisory Committee, NRECA
  • Scott Scharli, Senior Planning Analyst, Salt River Project
  • Shelly Lyser, Senior Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Garry Chinn, Transmission Planning and Interconnection, Southern California Edison
  • Richard Munson, Midwest Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Ken Schuyler, President, PJM Environmental Information Services
  • Mukesh Khattar, Technical Executive, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Program, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Rahul Chopra, Senior Advisor, Energy Technologies Area, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Dr. Michel Kamel, CEO, MelRok                                                                                                                               
  • Matt Dearmon, Manager, Product Development & Innovation, Entergy
  • Phil Davis, Vice President Planning & Partners, Sterling Planet
  • Ryan Harty, Manager of Connected and Environmental Business Development Office, American Honda Motor Co.

For full information on the Forum, visit www.drworldforum.com

About the Demand Response Library
The Demand Response Free Library is an Annual Media Sponsor of the DR & DER World Forum.  The library includes a collection of articles, white papers, presentations and reports designed to keep you educated and informed about the Demand Response Industry. You may download any of the content in pdf form for your own use. The DR Library is operated by Skipping Stone, a privately held professional services company focused solely on energy markets. Skipping Stone works with clients across all segments of the energy industry around the globe. Learn more at www.skippingstone.com or to register for a library membership, click here to keep you educated and informed about the Demand Response Industry.

About Skipping Stone
Skipping Stone is a consulting and technology services firm that helps natural gas and electricity utilities, market participants and solution providing clients globally to navigate market changes, capitalize on opportunities and manage business risks. From innovation through strategy development, market research and assessment to implementation of business plans and technologies, the firm provides a wide array of services. Skipping Stone’s model of deploying energy industry executives has delivered measurable bottom-line results for over 270 clients globally. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. For more information, visit www.SkippingStone.com or www.SkippingStone.co.jp.

About the Smart Grid Observer
The Smart Grid Observer is an online information portal and weekly e-newsletter serving the global smart grid industry. SGO delivers the latest news and information on a daily basis concerning key technology developments, deployment updates, standards work, business issues, and market trends driving the smart energy industry worldwide. The publication serves a global readership of executives and practitioners in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry. For more information and a free subscription, click here.

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Skipping Stone Presents on Japan Energy Retail at the 12th Annual TEPA Two-Day Conference

DALLAS, TEXAS  – October 4, 2017 – Skipping Stone LLC™, a global energy markets consulting and technology services firm, announced today that its Principal John Landry will present on the Japan Retail Energy Market during the 12th Annual Energy Professionals Association (TEPA) Conference.  This interactive, informational event will be held in Dallas, TX, at the Ritz-Carlton, on Wednesday, October 4th through Thursday, October 5th, 2017.

Mr. Landry’s presentation entitled, “Japan Opportunities for Retailers and Brokers” is scheduled at 1:45 p.m. on the second day of the conference during the International sessions.  His presentation covers the background of electric and natural gas retail market liberalization in Japan, the wholesale market structures, and how retailers and brokers can take advantage of these opportunities.

“The Japan retail energy markets are moving quickly with expanding product options from retailers looking to gain traction and market share,” said Mr. Landry.  “Customers in Japan will definitely need the help of brokers and consultants as the market continues to develop and as it becomes more complex.”

“Japan hasn’t yet adopted the US model for energy procurement professionals and their interaction with both C&I customers and retailers,” said Mr. Sumitaka “Sam” Matsumoto, Skipping Stone Managing Director, Japan. “I believe the timing is right– now that the market has been fully open 18 months– for this model in Japan.”

About Skipping Stone

Skipping Stone is a consulting and technology services firm that helps natural gas and electricity utilities, market participants and solution-providing clients globally to navigate market changes, capitalize on opportunities, and manage business risks. From innovation through strategy development, market research, and assessment to implementation of business plans and technologies, the firm provides a wide array of services. Skipping Stone’s model of deploying energy industry executives has delivered measurable bottom-line results for over 270 clients globally. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. For more information, visit www.SkippingStone.com or www.SkippingStone.co.jp.

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Skipping Stone Partner Ross Malme to Speak on ‘DR and DER in Transition’ During a “15-Minutes That Matter” Webinar

Atlanta, GA – September 20, 2017– Skipping Stone Partner Ross Malme will speak on Demand Response (DR) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) tomorrow, Thursday, September 21 at 12:00-12:15 p.m. EST during a webinar interview. To register for the webinar please click the link: http://skippingstone.com/index.php/webinars/

In this short interview-style webinar, Mr. Malme will share additional insights and experiences related to the 4th Annual Demand Response & Distributed Energy Resources World Forum 2017 held October 11-12, 2017 located in Hilton Costa Mesa, CA. Questions are welcome for Mr. Malme to entertain from participants interested in the rapid growth of renewables and DER which are quickly building traction for flexible and efficient power for a new energy era.

The 4th Annual Demand Response & Distributed Energy Resources World Forum brings together industry professionals from around the world to explore the latest DR and distributed energy resources strategies for meeting the changing energy landscape of the 21st Century.

 

About Skipping Stone

Skipping Stone is a consulting and technology services firm that helps natural gas and electricity utilities, market participants and solution providing clients globally to navigate market changes, capitalize on opportunities and manage business risks. From innovation through strategy development, market research and assessment to implementation of business plans and technologies, the firm provides a wide array of services. Skipping Stone’s model of deploying energy industry executives has delivered measurable bottom-line results for over 270 clients globally. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. For more information, visit www.SkippingStone.com or www.SkippingStone.co.jp.

Skipping Stone CEO to Speak on International Retail Energy Expansion Opportunities

New York, NY– September 14, 2017 –Skipping Stone announced today that its Chairman & CEO Peter Weigand will speak on “International Retail Energy Expansion Opportunities” during the 8th Energy Marketing Conference (EMC) in New York City on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017.  The EMC conference EMC conference event draws hundreds of retail energy executives and associated companies. Skipping Stone will also be exhibiting at the event in Booth #44.

“With the North American retail energy markets having reached maturity, those retailers with goals to continue to grow are moving into other open markets in different countries,” said Peter Weigand, Chairman and CEO, Skipping Stone. “The EMC event provides a great venue to communicate and share our knowledge with the retail energy community. We have been fortunate to leverage our 40 plus country relationships and experiences to assist retailer, trading companies and technology solutions to enter several international retail markets.”

“To date, the market entry strategies have either been organic business launches, joint ventures or acquisitions.  We believe international expansion by retailers is still in the early-stages and will continue to grow over the next several years,” continued Weigand.

Earlier this year, Skipping Stone published an International Retail Energy Markets Report  with over 200 pages of comprehensive market information for 17 countries.  The report can be ordered online or by stopping by the Skipping Stone exhibit.  Under each country profiled in this report are its specific market rules, utility information, billing & data exchange, customers, switch rates, competitors, wholesale markets, exchanges, market operators, licensing information, regulators, smart meters, and other pertinent information.

Mr. Weigand has been active in global energy markets for over 30 years.  As Chairman and CEO of Skipping Stone, he has grown Skipping Stone into an international energy professional services company active in over 40 countries.

Weigand is a leader in U.S. and international deregulated energy markets.  Prior to consulting, he was CEO of a retail energy company, COO of an energy software company and COO of a European company.  During his retail energy leadership time, he has acquired several retail and wholesale energy companies. Weigand’s companies have been named to the Inc. 500 fastest growing companies list three times, and he has been honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Energy by PennWell magazine.

 About Skipping Stone

Skipping Stone is a consulting and technology services firm that helps natural gas and electricity utilities, market participants and solution providing clients globally to navigate market changes, capitalize on opportunities and manage business risks. From innovation through strategy development, market research and assessment to implementation of business plans and technologies, the firm provides a wide array of services. Skipping Stone’s model of deploying energy industry executives has delivered measurable bottom-line results for over 270 clients globally. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. For more information, visit www.SkippingStone.com or www.SkippingStone.co.jp.

Experient and Skipping Stone Awarded USTDA Reverse Trade Mission for Refinery Performance Optimization in Hosting Delegation of Government, Executives from India

Washington, D.C.– August 23, 2017 – Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company, and Skipping Stone, LLC today announced the award of a contract from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). In November of 2017, the two firms will manage a reverse trade mission (RTM) on Refinery Performance Optimization with a delegation of senior refinery sector executives and government officials from India. India has set very aggressive emission reduction targets for its transportation industry and, as a result, its refining industry must retool to provide lower emission fuels. Targets must be met by 2020.

“USTDA has done an outstanding job of identifying international export opportunities for U.S. energy technology suppliers in developing countries,” said Chip Smith, Experient VP of Government Markets.  “We are proud to be a partner with them to bring these delegations to the U.S. to see how the U.S. energy technology industry can meet the needs of their large capital investment projects. On these projects Experient takes the full responsibility for planning and executing the RTM from end to end, and recommending next steps to give U.S. suppliers the best chance to secure the business.”

“USTDA maintains an impressive rate of return on taxpayer dollars, where for every $1 programmed, it generates $85 in U.S. exports,” continued Smith. “This is a win/win for U.S. companies and emerging markets which benefit from high quality U.S. goods and services. We have had great success on these energy related RTMs with Skipping Stone as our Technical Expert in managing the RTMs.”

“Once the India delegation is confirmed,” said Ross Malme, Skipping Stone Partner, “we will reach out to the delegates to establish their need and interests in refining related energy technologies. With that information and together with USTDA and Experient we will schedule presentations and meetings with key U.S. suppliers, as well as visits to industry leading refining and petrochemical processing facilities to see these technologies in use. Since we are competing on a global stage against international technology providers, it is key that we emphasize the leadership the U.S. has in energy technology R&D as well as the high-quality U.S.-made technology. This RTM will focus primarily on refinery safety, petrochemical conversion, data analytics, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and bottoms upgradation technologies and processes. U.S. suppliers who would like to be included in this RTM itinerary should contact Kerry O’Gorman via email at kogorman@skippingstone.com or by phone at 404-934-2154.”

About USTDA

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

About Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company®

Experient—A Maritz Global Events Company leads the Meetings & Events Industry as one of the best-known and most-respected brands in the world. This reputation is earned with each meeting, convention, tradeshow, conference, sporting event and exhibition produced for clients. Professionals are dedicated to Perfecting the Event Experience® through experience design, attendance building, risk management and security, revenue generation and cost savings, and event intelligence. Across the globe, association, tradeshow, sports and government clients turn to Experient for the best in event planning and management, site sourcing and contract negotiation, unified registration and housing, mobile event platforms, lead retrieval, data management and marketing. Experient creatively engineers and fully integrates the total event experience—one that is distinct, memorable and remarkable—while driving data analytics and bottom line results. Visit www.experient-inc.com for more information.

About Skipping Stone

Skipping Stone is a consulting and technology services firm that helps natural gas and electricity utilities, market participants and solution providing clients globally to navigate market changes, capitalize on opportunities and manage business risks. From innovation through strategy development, market research and assessment to implementation of business plans and technologies, the firm provides a wide array of services. Skipping Stone’s model of deploying energy industry executives has delivered measurable bottom-line results for over 270 clients globally. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. For more information, visit www.SkippingStone.com or www.SkippingStone.co.jp.

Skipping Stone Webinar on International Retail Market Opportunities

ATLANTA, GA – August 3, 2017 – Skipping Stone LLC™, a global energy markets consulting and technology services firm, announced today that John Landry, Skipping Stone Principal and author of the International Retail Energy Markets Report, will provide insights from the report and respond to questions regarding opportunities for retailers exploring expansion into international retail markets in a free ‘15 Minutes That Matter’ webinar, held on Friday, August 4th, at Noon EST.

According to Mr. Landry, “The retail energy markets in the US have reached maturity and many of the leading retailers are now looking to international markets for growth.  One of the challenges when beginning to explore international expansion is where and how to gather relevant information.  While Google is the go-to place to start, even that has limitations as many regulators and market operators don’t put much on the web, or it isn’t in English.  Having spent several months researching to develop our report, I believe we can now provide the tool retailers need to begin assessing which of the many international markets have potential.”

Skipping Stone’s ‘15 Minutes That Matter’ free webinar series is a terrific way to get insights on relevant topics of the day.  The format is an interview style question and answer session with a Skipping Stone market expert.  Webinar participants are encouraged to ask questions.

To register for the free webinar click here.

About Skipping Stone

Skipping Stone is a consulting and technology services firm that helps natural gas and electricity utilities, market participants and solution providing clients globally to navigate market changes, capitalize on opportunities and manage business risks. From innovation through strategy development, market research and assessment to implementation of business plans and technologies, the firm provides a wide array of services. Skipping Stone’s model of deploying energy industry executives has delivered measurable bottom-line results for over 270 clients globally. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. For more information, visit www.SkippingStone.com or www.SkippingStone.co.jp.

Skipping Stone Chairs Smart Home Energy Management Systems Conference in Houston

HOUSTON, TX– July 25, 2017 – Skipping Stone LLC™, a global energy markets consulting and technology services firm, announced today that its Partner John PW Brown VI will preside as Chairman and present during the ACI Smart Home Energy Management Systems Conference, held in Houston, TX, at the Marriott Marquis, July 26-27, 2017.  Mr. Brown will kick off and chair the conference on Day 1 and present on Day 2 during the cutting-edge, smart home energy technology sessions.  His presentation, “Don’t Look in the Basement-There’s DER Down There!” focuses on the convergence of trends impacting utilities, power producers, software and hardware companies, and consumers.

According to Mr. Brown, “The smart home industry has an estimated growth by 2022 topping $121 billion, and the Home Energy Management Systems marketplace will include a $3.15 billion share. Smart home energy technology management is a growing sector and consumers are attentive to B2C and B2B efforts that promote energy cost-savings and a clean and green environment.”

For energy utilities, appliance manufacturers and connected home platform providers, this conference promises informative presentations and engaging discussions to examine the opportunities and challenges ahead.

“Our two-day event provides executives an opportunity to really discuss and control where the market is heading,” said Adriano Howlett, ACI Conference Producer. “We are providing a line-up of top speakers bringing expertise from across the industry, and an intimate networking venue for the senior leadership of power utilities, technology companies, smart home platform developers, home energy management system providers, industry associations and other professionals to truly examine business strategy, technology program and innovative product development. To register click here.  (Discount Code: HEMS3A will provide 30% off registration)

“My presentation on July 27th will cover the impacts and opportunities at the intersection of major trends in IoT and renewables,” said Mr. Brown, “and acknowledge Skipping Stone research and case study material on how technology addresses the growing need for flexibility in distributed energy resources in solving problems that create challenges for utilities, HEMS and home automation platform vendors, and end-users among others. Residential electric water heaters,” he explained, “are a compelling, cost-effective, and environmentally attractive alternative for energy storage. Most people would not think of this product as a storage battery that could save them hundreds of dollars.”

Aside from John Brown, Partner, Skipping Stone, other speakers include Ronald Chebra, V.P., Grid Modernization, EnerNex; Marlene Motyka, U.S. and Global Renewable Energy Leader, Deloitte; Ram Narayanamurthy, Principal Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute; Paul Wezner, Director, Product Management and Marketing, Powerley; Wayne Morrison, Principal, Reliant, an NRG Energy Company; Jonathan White, Managing Director, KPMG LLP; Axel Lerche, CEO, EcoSmart; Craig Boice, President, Boice Dunham Group; Joel Elkins, V.P., R&D and Product Development, ENGIE North America; Patty Durand, President & CEO, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative; Mike Wajsgras, V.P. Channel Development, Constellation Energy; Candice Tsay, Sr. Planning Analyst, Consolidated Edison; Mark Cosby, Director of Business Development, Westar Energy; Michael Bailey Smith, Board Member, Z-Wave Alliance; Phil Beecher, Chairman, Wi-SUN Alliance; and Leesa Lee, V.P. Marketing, Bidgely.

About Skipping Stone

Skipping Stone is a consulting and technology services firm that helps natural gas and electricity utilities, market participants and solution providing clients globally to navigate market changes, capitalize on opportunities and manage business risks. From innovation through strategy development, market research and assessment to implementation of business plans and technologies, the firm provides a wide array of services. Skipping Stone’s model of deploying energy industry executives has delivered measurable bottom-line results for over 270 clients globally. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. For more information, visit www.SkippingStone.com or www.SkippingStone.co.jp.

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