The Convergence of the Internet of Things & Energy Efficiency


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The Internet of things is moving from speculation to reality! There are many startups as well as large companies like GE and Siemens who are working hard on the ioT concept in the energy efficiency space. I am looking forward to the discussion with Eric and Elisabeth.


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    The internet of things is creating a whole new set of home control/automation technologies that will overlap with utility sponsored energy efficiency efforts.  A bunch of new gear is about to hit store shelves that will change how all this works and the protocols that drive it.  There are implications for consumers, utilities, and efficiency companies. Join us for a fireside chat with Eric Miller of SCVsoft and Elisabeth Boonin of Opower! 

    Some key questions:

    -AMI vs wifi networks for load control and home control

    -Where will customers buy the stuff that controls their home and sets comfort in the future?  Retail, utility provided?  Will they converge the way they have with other energy efficiency?

    -What role will standards play in defining the industry once retail devices and scales take over?

    About our speakers.....

    Eric L. Miller, Founder and CEO, SCVsoft

    Eric Miller is founder and CEO of SCVSoft, a software development firm focusing on mobile, back end, and analytics for energy, Internet of Things, and medical devices.  He has held a number of senior management positions with leading companies including Trilliant, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Itron, Silicon Energy, Foresight Energy (founder and CEO), Kenetech, and AES.

    A few of his accomplishments include:

    •  Built several of the most successful emerging energy control and home energy management  platforms and mobile applications in the market today
    •  Designed and sold the smart meter and home energy management system selected for over  45% of the UK Market (18 million meters).
    •  Developed over $1 billion in wind energy and conventional power facilities.
    •  Led the creation of one of the first and most successful Meter Data Management platforms, the  original Big Data software for utilities.  The product he helped create now supports over 50  million meters worldwide

    Mr. Miller has testified a number of times before the U.S. Congress, California Legislature, and Public Utility Commissions Nationwide. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Colorado College and a Master in Engineering from Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering.

    Elisabeth Boonin, Director of Engineering, Devices, and Real Time Services for Opower

    Elisabeth “Boon” Boonin is the Director of Engineering for Devices and Real-time Services at Opower, a SaaS company that partners with utility providers to promote energy efficiency. Her team develops mobile apps and cloud analytics that connect with wifi-enabled thermostats. Opower’s relationship with utility companies allows their thermostat solution to combine smart meter data with in-home live feeds and local weather to produce not only an easy-to-use programmable thermostat offering, but personalized insight into energy consumption and building thermodynamics. 

    Prior to Opower, Boon led engineering and product teams for several startups including Recurve, a San Francisco-based company focused on home efficiency. In the distant past, she managed cross-functional product teams at Microsoft and made a name for herself as a rebel by pioneering crazy new software techniques like Scrum and pair programming. A self-avowed gadget freak, her home is filled with half completed Arduino projects, soldering equipment, and more remote controls than remote-controllable devices. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics.  


    8:00 am:  Registration & Breakfast

    8:30 am:  Fireside Chat with Eric Miller, SCVsoft and Elizabeth Boonin, Opower 

    9:30 am:  Audience Q&A/Networking

    10:00 am:  Event Concludes


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