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RALEIGH, N.C. – Utility company and government executives will gather in Raleigh on Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in “smart grid” technology.

Bill Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of , will be among the speakers at the IBM conference. The event starts at 2 p.m. in the Fletcher Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

The public-private utility coalition was formed by IBM (NYSE: IBM) in 2007.

“Smart grid” technology, ranging from so-called smart meters to improvements in the electrical grid, are intended to improve energy use.

Progress Energy is involved in a number of smart grid projects ranging from network upgrades to electric cars.

Other speakers include:

• Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary Nominee and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

• Guido Bartels, General Manager, IBM Energy & Utilities Industry and Chairman, GridWise Alliance

• Charles Meeker, Mayor of Raleigh

• Dale Carroll, Deputy Commerce Secretary, N.C. Department of Commerce

• Jesse Berst, Managing Director, GlobalSmartEnergy.com

Members of the coalition include: Progress Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Country Energy, CPFL, DONG Energy, Liander, North Delhi Power Limited, Oncor, Pepco Holdings, Inc, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co.

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