51st State Phase II Roadmap > This paper describes a future state where consumers would be empowered to make decisions in receiving and managing their electricity. This full empowerment would be achieved by increase in information, pricing choices and automation. The physical grid would be fully automated, allowing DERs to achieve high market penetration. Regulation would be updated to provide guidance and financial incentives to utilities to support the adoption of DERs. Rates would be decoupled and customers would receive notices showing their options on an annual basis. Information sharing is key in Siemen's 51st State. Customers could share data with third parties who then could make proposals for their services. Utilities would be able to participate in the DER market as well, but would likely assume the role of a distribution system provider.