Authorities in Iran are continuing their crackdown on unauthorized cryptocurrency mining as electricity demand remains high. The country’s power utility company has so far closed down more than 5,300 illegal mining facilities, seizing an enormous amount of coin-minting machines.
Power Utility Confiscates More Than 216,000 Mining Units From Unlicensed Miners in Iran
Preventing blackouts remains a priority in Iran where electricity consumption is still higher than usual. Cryptocurrency miners, the majority of which are operating without authorization, have been blamed for electricity shortages throughout the summer. The hot weather this year led to increased use of air conditioning while limited rainfall negatively affected hydropower generation.
The Iran Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission Company, Tavanir, is constantly tracking down illegal mining operations across the country. According to a recent report by the utility, the number of crypto farms the state-run entity has closed down has reached 5,380.
Tavanir also revealed it had seized 216,758 pieces of mining hardware,