Bitcoin mining likely didn't contribute to Texas' power outages, says expert

Bitcoin mining likely didn't contribute to Texas' power outages, says expert


Though many Texans are still suffering in the aftermath of a winter storm that left millions without power and running water for days, it’s unlikely that the crypto mining farms in the state played much of a role during the crisis.

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Kristy-Leigh Minehan, a mining consultant and chief technology officer of NEM Software, said Texas doesn’t currently have enough mining infrastructure to cause significant problems in the power grid when compared with that of major regions like Sichuan.

According to Minehan, German Bitcoin (BTC) mining operator Northern Data is likely the only one that could have had a significant impact on the state’s power supply. The firm owns a mining farm in East Texas, with others like HODL Ranch and Layer1 out in West Texas. The mining expert added that there were some farms largely not dependent on the state’s energy grid at all, like those thatpower their rigs using excess gas formed as a byproduct of

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