10.August 2022

Electricity Rates Increase 30% For Bitcoin Miners In Washington

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As Bitcoin mining operations require more high degree of electricity than any other consumers, County Public Utility District (PUD) Commissioners have approved a bill this week to charge Bitcoin miners in Chelan County, Washington, with increased rates for electricity.

Garry Arseneault, a Chelan County PUD Commissioner, added:

What we did as a commission, and what we did as a utility was industry-leading, to create a new rate for this type of demand.

Changing the rates for miners’ businesses is technically fair as they surf large quantities of the electric power and so will pay higher rates.

Moreover, because of the fact that miners require massive electricity to execute their operations, Douglas County has prohibited such new firms from settling in the county. Existing companies already use around 25% of the available electricity.

The new rates were expected to come into effect in January of this year, but later the officials pushed the date to June. Nevertheless, as the voting had taken place on Monday and the Commission approved the bill, new prices already went into from June 1.

Increasing electricity prices would not set miners back in any way. For those new companies which can’t currently bear additional rates of the new schedule because they already put their substantial investment into bringing mining facilities, the Commission has offered three verified mining platforms to sign transition contracts. It would increase the prices gradually instead of imposing high rates in one go.

We need to have some sort of transition. That’s important for business. I understand how businesses need that in order to plan.

Although Commission has bridged transition contracts, still the criticism from the miners’ community has come to bear.

In line with the new rules, if Salcido transits his Chelan-based companies into data farms and processes data instead of mining, the platforms will pay lower rates per the ‘high-density’ schedule. Before the new bill was approved, crypto firms used to pay per that schedule.

Salcido further said to the news outlet that data processing needs the same electricity power the miners require.

He added:

Do you really want to be in the business of regulating what kind of processing happens on servers in your territory?


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