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I struggled for weeks to come up with a topic worthy of your time to read it. As I write this in May, smart grid is in the news every day. It seems like every day another manufacturer of smart grid equipment or software is promoting its role in the effort, or another politician chimes in on what he think needs to be done and what the potential benefits will be. In the meantime, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) is trying to get out front of the effort by collaborating with organizations, including NIST and EPRI, to get standards in place and make sure that we occupy a leadership position from which we can appropriately influence the effort. But with the three-month lead time required for this column, such news might well be out of date by the time you read it.