The Federal Grid Company has launched a large-scale programme for the development of the Unified National Power Grid. At its foundation is the creation of a next-generation power grid in Russia – a smart power grid. The aggregate savings to the Russia's economy from the implementation of the project could reach up to RUB 50 billion per year.

1) What are the first-phase results in terms of R&D, pilot projects and the creation of territorial clusters?
2) What advanced technologies will be used for the creation of the smart grid?
3) What are the advantages of using domestic as opposed to foreign technologies? What has been the success rate of similar projects in other countries?

Alexei Pivovarov , Аnchor, NTV Broadcasting Company
Vladimir Fortov , President, Russian Academy of Sciences

George W. Arnold , National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
W. Terry Boston , President, Сhief Executive Officer, PJM Interconnection
Min Keh-Sik , Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
Patrick Kron , Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Alstom
Daniel McGahn , President, Chief Executive Officer, American Superconductor Corporation
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Dan Rastler , Expert of technology Smart Grid, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Yuri Soloviev , First Deputy President and Chairman of the Management Board, JSC VTB Bank