One day, a few decades ago, I had a little invention, only it turned out later that a Swiss engineer had had it first. patented it and sold it in EU. Several countries, mainly the Scandinavian ones, had made use of it. It enabled them to generate electricity as a fringe benefit of heating their homes with natural gas, cutting the total cost nearly in half, but what spoke to them most was that the homes pretty nearly totally insured each other against power failure. It would have saved not only the money, but also precious fuel. I tried to interest MGE in promoting the idea for Madison, but they weren’t up for it. I never really understood it, but it might have had something to do with their investment in the new grid.
Maybe they were more interested in a bigger profit than in serving the needs of the public. Today, whenever the weather or an accident causes a power outage, I feel sorry that the People are suffering the needless loss. When private profit stands in the way of pubic needs, we are all the victims of institutionalized Greed. The Scandinavian democratic socialists are much better at putting new technology into the service of the People.