This was interesting to read as it had recently come  up in conversations in both the UK and Germany too. Utility companies using their financial and regulatory muscle and influence to squeeze independents out of the market, or at least make for an unlevel playing field. Of course you would expect the utility companies to fight back, and so they should for their shareholders, but the big danger is that they use their incumbent position and influence to create legislation and models that favour them, to the detriment of competition and innovation, and ultimately the end consumer.  I think the fight could get dirty.