Scott Patterson Posted about 2 years ago Energy generation for personal use should be free of control and taxation Great Topic. I have roughly 4 kW of solar panels on my house and am grid tied. The local city owned utility gave me a rebate on the panels ~20% but they set the rules for net metering and they had to approve the system size. I was limited to 120% of my annual average electricity usage in the size of my system. I had room for two more panels and my inverter is sized for two more panels but the 120% rule was non negotiable if I wanted to be grid tied. The utility still charges me the access fee (~$10 a month) and they tend to have problems reading the multiple meters each month. I could disconnect from the grid if I wanted to spend another $20,000 on batteries, charge controller and reduce my energy usage even more (more efficient refrigerator and gas dryer). I am hoping in another couple of years to purchase my first electric car and what is an electric car but nearly 16 kwh of electricity storage. I am hoping the cost of battery technology will decrease quickly with the mass production of electric cars and putting a 15 to 20 kwh battery pack in my garage will be much cheaper than it is now. I would love to develop a residential bio gas generating system. You can turn most of the organic waste material generated in a household into methane. A capstone micro turbine or bloom box type fuel cell can convert the methane into electricity and heat. The difficulty is removing the CO2 and H2S from the gas as it would cause problems in both the micro turbine or fuel cell. It would be expensive at first and homes would have to be designed for this type of system but correctly sized and I am guessing supplemented with solar panels you could completely disconnect from the local utilities (no more electric, gas, water or waste water charges). If not only houses but communities were designed in this manner it would be game over for the large utilities. Not quite a Mr. Fusion (Back to the Future) but getting there.