According to the local press, miners are starting operations in the area because of concentrations of cheap electricity.
In the state, there are roughly 12 more mining operations. For instance, in a small town called Dalles located the biggest mining operation in the state called Oregonmines, which is operated by Terrence Thurber. It is an industrial-sized operation with over 2,750 mining rigs in a warehouse with no windows. Robert McCullough of Portland General Electric (PGE) stated that more companies are on the way. He is not impressed by the mining movement in Oregon. In his opinion, Oregon may become the center of crypto-mining in the world.
We may find our burgeoning surplus of energy will make us quite a capital for useless servers solving useless puzzles. It’s not as if we have a huge amount of employment attached. It’s not as if you’re going to have a big staff and a lot of smart people working on it.
Portland General Electric consultant
One of the biggest reasons miners are attracted to Oregon is because of the Columbia River hydropower system. The hydro-powered electricity costs 3 to 4 cents per kilowatt-hour. It is almost the lowest price in the U.S.
According to the Oregonmines founder, the location is also helpful because the facility is close to a major metro, and weather patterns are favorable.