True, Germany has similar problems. Of course they import most of their fossil fuels (well natural gas anyway) from Mother Russia! So the PV push is understandable. Germany may impose an electrical infrastructure fee to keep the grid maintained and healthy. Something we're unlikely to do in the US. As with bridges, roads, levies, dams, and other parts of our infrastructure, we're content to allow them to fail then blame whomever is in the White House at that time.
Personally, I'd love to make petroleum a minor bit player in our transportation industry and old things like coal and gas something you only see in movies. This is one area where independents have to work where they are allowed, then force the issue with public support in the hold out states. We've seen a similar thing happen with gay marriage and insurance reform a.k.a Obamacare.