I figured I'd start a discussion on this after a couple of Robert Boston's comments piqued my interest in this topic. Specifically, that current power pricing does not reflect current costs and that distribution/infrastructure/labor represent nearly 50% of the cost of residential electricity. Here are the two quotes I'm referencing. Based on the fairly high cost of just having a home connected to the grid (~$6000/decade), the increase in the number of wireless electrical control devices, and the cost of PV panels, I'm wondering if the grid as we know it is headed out the door. This wouldn't be something universal, but with levelized solar costs at something like ~$.05/kWh on the low end (DIY install), the ability to integrate DSM into a home at the individual level, and the dropping costs of battery storage (probably ~$.10-.15c/kWh), my WAG is that someone could put together a set up (genset backup) where they would only pay ~$.07-.09/kWh compared to the ~$.13/kWh US residential average. They would of course need to push ~80% of their electricity consumption into the day time in order to minimize storage costs, and charging an EV at night wouldn't be viable, but they would be able to drastically undercut the cost of grid power with hopefully similar uptime/availability. Does anyone have any thoughts/remarks on this?