While the person-to-person activities are on hold, program administrators are developing self-install instructions.
Consumers Energy will help up to 100,000 customers buy smart thermostats as part of an effort to minimize the need for expensive peak power.
The Illinois utility has partnered with a California company called Xage to test out its blockchain-based software.
Several utilities are testing new programs and technology to encourage drivers to fill up batteries during off-peak hours.
As utilities deploy smart grid technology, more are also investing in telecom infrastructure to transmit data.