Enter solar and home batteries. If homes can reap and retain solar power they’ll demand less from the grid. Better yet, it will mean that instead of a grid that flows mostly one way, each home will have the ability to power its life. This is great from a consumer standpoint (power when you need it at a reduced cost), great from a distribution of power sources standpoint (we’re less susceptible to attacks that could wipe out operations for huge areas), and great from an infrastructure standpoint (no need to spend billions on trying to overhaul or replace all of the antiquated grid).
Yes, they sell electric cars. But by giving away their patents they’ve encouraged other manufacturers to get in the game quicker. That will increase the volume of electric cars on the road, which in-turn, drives more demand for electricity from a grid that is already overworked.