The Illinois utility has partnered with a California company called Xage to test out its blockchain-based software.
Sacramento’s municipal utility will use blockchain software to track rewards for customers who charge with solar power.
An Australian blockchain firm and Chicago startup partner on a project involving Northwestern University buildings.
Blockchain startups say utilities and regulators in Illinois have been more open to working with them than in other states.
Blockchain – the digital code that is used to create cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin – could also play a role in advancing clean energy, according to a growing number of researchers and entrepreneurs.