Jay, thanks for you reply.
My disagreement was more one of tone than substance. I don't believe, for instance, that anyone in utility management believes their industry faces an existential crisis. Challenges for utilities in 2015 and beyond are focused on modifying their business model to permit growth, which is good for everyone. It exploits efficiencies of scale and gives all Americans - not just those wealthy enough to afford it - access to clean, reliable electricity at an affordable price.
Which is exactly why cross-subsidization and TOU pricing constitute privatization of a public resource, and are anything but a joke. America's regulated utilities are as close to government agencies as the private sector can get. Their CEO pay is the lowest, and they're subject to the greatest amount of regulation. Their profits are limited by law. As such, they're very much the energy equivalent of police or fire departments, or water districts, or the USPS - they provide a nearly identical service to all Americans, regardless of social standing, for a modest price - i.e., a "public resource".
TOU pricing transfers the burden of maintaining adequate energy generation assets from all ratepayers to those least able to afford it. It's the single mother with two jobs who must do her laundry after 10PM to maintain the electricity rates she has now, so that owners of expansive homes will be awarded retail rates for their solar energy. She and others like her will bear the financial burden of maintaining the transmission lines on which nearly all distributed generation advocates continue to depend.
Perhaps one day the USPS will rename first class delivery "First Class Plus", and offer regular first class at a lower rate - but delivery will now take 2-3 weeks. Or police departments will be scaled back, with more than one visit/year to a residence requiring payment of a fee. These are trends which masquerade as equalization and empowerment, but in practice only expand the widening gulf between America's haves and have-nots.