China prohibits the electricity supply to mining pools

Power stations under the control of the Sichuan Electric Grid Company will have to stop supplying electricity to Bitcoin miners
14 November   566

The Tencent Finance received a circular from the Sichuan Electric Grid Company, sent to the mining companies in the region.

The document says that the mining of bitcoins is illegal activity, and therefore the hydroelectric power stations under the control of the SEC will have to stop supplying electricity to such enterprises.

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Chinese miners explained to Tencent Finance that they are talking about hydroelectric power stations under the management of the Sichuan Electric Grid Company, and the regulation does not apply to small hydro power stations that are rife with the region.

But the miners are afraid that the SEC will continue to buy up small HPPs and they may find themselves without electricity for mining.

The Chinese province of Sichuan is a region rich in water resources. The hydropower stations in the province have excess capacity, which makes the cost of electricity very low. Most of the mining enterprises in China are located in Sichuan, as well as similar in characteristics of Inner Mongolia.

Largest Nordic Bank Bans Employees' Bitcoin Trade

Employees who currently own cryptocurrencies will not be forced to sell them, but they will not be allowed to buy more
23 January   179

Nordea, the Nordic region’s biggest bank, said Monday it will ban its roughly 31,000 employees from trading cryptocurrencies as of February 28 due to the unregulated nature of the market and high risks. This is reported by Reuters.

The reason why employees are prohibited from investing in cryptocurrencies is that the risks are considered too high and the protection for both employees and the bank is insufficient.

 

Nordea said in a statement

The bank added that unlike trading of securities and currencies, trade of cryptocurrencies is not regulated by any authority, and as such investors who buy cryptocurrencies have no protection against illegal business practices and money laundering.

Employees who currently own cryptocurrencies will not be forced to sell them, but they will not be allowed to buy more, bank said.

In early December, we have reported that Merrill Lynch bank banned its customers and consultants who carry out transactions on their behalf to buy bitcoin through the Grayscale Investment Trust.