Bitcoin miners from Texas are using so much energy that it is enough to power 240k homes. This is huge and shows how energy-intensive bitcoin mining can become. It also has an adverse effect on the prices of energy and causes supply-demand issues. In the last 1 year, the prices of energy have doubled, and normal residents of Texas are paying the price. But why is Texas still becoming a popular place for miners? Let’s see.
Texas is a mining-friendly place but also has its issues
Texas has an independent electricity grid which makes it possible for miners to shift there and not have problems. There is no pressure from the nation on miners to reduce energy usage or stop operating altogether. Texas authorities have also been friendly towards miners, but that has resulted in huge energy price hikes. Everyone from small businesses to houses is seeing an increase in their annual electricity bills.
So, why is the government still allowing miners to shift to Texas? The straightforward answer to that is to attract businesses and improve the economy. The idea is that miners can operate on renewable energy and also use excess energy when available. This energy would have been wasted otherwise.
Miners operating in the region will also spend their bitcoins in Texas, which is further going to boost their economy. And this is not bad for the environment as well. Texas has a lot of excess renewable energy at times, like wind power and solar power, which can be used by miners.
What happens during peak demand?
The electricity costs are definitely going to be a lot higher during peak demand time for miners. The authorities have also asked the residents to judiciously use electricity and asked miners to turn off their hardware during such times. Texas miners also complied with the request and voluntarily shut down their operations during the period. This shows that miners are ready to listen to requests and are working in concordance with the authorities to bring the most benefits to Texas.
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