I wouldn't go that far as claiming that it is braindead. Remember back in the early 2000s we have Enron messing around with project deathstar and then we have super high oil / gas price that causes some bankruptcy (Calpine I think went out of business because of the natural gas price spike).Well, if you and Pandabear are ultimately shuffling the same number of kWh over the lines but you pay $10 and he pays $90, clearly he's paying far more of the share of the grid upkeep and maintenance than you are. That's one of the things with these solar contracts that I think I pointed out previously, even with NEM, paying full retail to customers for their back-fed power is still a net loss for the utility, which has plenty of other expenses associated with providing those poles, wires and transformers to your location. By getting out of delivery on the amount of power transmitted (and that's not your fault, that's how they've structured this, somebody was braindead or didn't give a crap) you are almost using the infrastructure for free.
People with solar should be paying full pop for delivery for the total # of kWh moved on the wires. They should also be paid whatever the wholesale rate is for power at that time, because that's the value of that electricity at the time it is being delivered to the grid.
Having a diverse electricity source is very important. Sure you can build nuke and rely only on nuke, then an incident happens and the whole nation tries to shut down all the nuke and you are suddenly like Japan. Solar at least is a "fix" cost, grid is a "fix" cost for the same amount of kwh going through it regardless of which fuel you use. Is it good to have only solar and wind? No, but having some of it is good at least to shift some amount of peak away.
I don't think they anticipated Chinese to flood the market with so much solar, but it happened, and they will have to eventually stop net metering for new customers. Some will go battery, some will probably form their own municipal microgrid, some will probably have solar + SOFC to balance their own facility's need (those who need heat or use heat to absorption cooling), some will do on demand work like data center's non real time computation (AI training, throttle the GPU when electricity is expensive and overclock overvolt them when they are cheap), etc.
Thing about the US is, we don't have a communist state that build the grid and pay for them with property tax, we like to charge its usage and under build them if they won't make money. This means we will have high distribution cost just like toll road makes people think twice about driving over it and not a lot of usage compare to a free highway.
In the end I just don't think people care too much about electricity cost here, we don't see people use the more efficient mini split AC or upgrade their appliances because of efficiency. We don't even see people trading in crew cabs and SUVs for Prius.