Having worked for a utility, I know firsthand the difficulty in changing how such big entrenched monopolies operate. The quote from RWE is especially telling. I want to point out to my former American utility colleagues who so actively fight change in favor of the status quo of large capital-intensive power stations - get on board with distributed generation or you risk going out of business.
As it is, RWE posted its first loss since 1949 last year. Its future looks gloomy, despite a belated change of heart by the company's management. Chief Executive Peter Terium now says: “My dream, my vision is that RWE will put solar panels on your roof, a battery in your shed, a heat pump in your cellar, and we will also manage this complex energy system for you. We want to be the holistic energy manager of the future.”