This article discusses what Smart Grid means for service providers. The author writes that the information provided is enough to demonstrate why service providers need to pay attention to smart grid. According to the report, Smart grid is now in its formative stage, much like IP was around 2001 which means a lot of work needs to be done to develop standards and reliable technologies to deliver on the smart grid promise. Not surprisingly, many of the vendors who are driving IP forward with service providers – Cisco, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Alcatel, Siemens, etc. – are heavily invested in smart grid.