Walk down the street of any community in America and look up - what do you see? A mass of tangled wires that comprise the high-voltage transmissions lines of the nation's power grid. If you're like most people, the wires are almost invisible to you in everyday life -- the only time you might notice them is when there's a down power line after a massive thunder storm. But the idea of buying electricity that has been stored and then transmitted over hundreds of miles of power lines by a monopoly power provider (i.e. your local utility) is, quite frankly, anachronistic.