Original broadcast: October 29th, 2009

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With $4 billion of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act designated for the “Smart Grid,” or modernization of the nation’s electrical transmission systems, investment has accelerated at a feverish pace in viable projects initiated by utilities, research facilities, and technology companies.

The Smart Grid represents more than a commercial opportunity. It will make possible more efficient and lower cost delivery of power, better informed customers, smart appliances, distributed energy, electric cars and a host of other innovations yet to be invented.

Marc Gunther is a veteran journalist, speaker, writer and consultant whose focus is business and sustainability. Marc is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer at Greenbiz.com, a lead blogger at The Energy Collective

David Pacyna is Senior Vice President & General Manager of the NAFTA Transmission & Distribution Divisions of Siemens Energy Inc (SEI).

Jim Greer is Senior VP, Asset Management and Engineering for Oncor, the largest regulated electric delivery business in Texas, where he directs asset investment, performance management, sourcing, system planning, engineering and information management.

Katherine Hamilton is President of the Gridwise Alliance, a project to modernize the US electric grid system and create a collaborative network.