Hydro Quebec May Sell 500 MW to Miners

New  plan may allow lifting the moratorium on issuing permits for cryptocurrency mining
25 June 2018   1561

The state-owned energy company Hydro Quebec has submitted a plan to the authorities of the Canadian province of Quebec, which will determine the procedure for operatng with local miners. This is reported by CoinDesk.

In particular, the plan will allow lifting the moratorium on issuing permits for cryptocurrency mining, created in connection with the "unprecedented" level of demand for electricity in the province.

If the plan is approved, the amount of energy that crypto minners can use within a year will be limited. According to the authorities, this will free up energy resources for other clients of the company. In total, according to the plan, the miners will receive 500 mW of electricity per month.

Hydro Quebec will select miners who will be permitted to work in the province, assessing their ability to create new jobs and contribute to the economy of Quebec.

The economic analysis will favor customers who will be ready to operate their facilities as quickly as possible. In addition, Hydro-Québec could request that these customers decrease their electricity use, for a maximum of 300 hours per year, to allow it to ensure the delivery of electricity to all of its customers, particularly during the winter peak period.
 

Hydro Quebec

Earlier information appeared that the authorities of Quebec could cancel the moratorium on issuing permits for crypto-currency mining and establish higher electricity tariffs for miners

Developers to Combat Bitcoin Mining Cetralization 

Stratum V2 mining protocol will significantly change the principles of functioning of bitcoin mining
03 December 2019   83

The mining company Braiins has provided instructions for using a code that can make the Bitcoin mining process more decentralized, CoinDesk writes. It is expected that Stratum V2 will significantly change the principles of functioning of bitcoin mining and will help increase the safety and efficiency of mining pools.

More comprehensive than BetterHash, individual job selection, zero time backend switching. If this protocol does everything it promises, "mining centralization" as an argument will be completely dead.
 

Jimmy Song

Developer, Bitcoin

Matt Corallo of Square, who made a significant contribution to the development of the protocol:

This is huge for mining centralization. Instead of being focused on the centralization of pools (which is the world we're in today), we can focus on the centralization of actual miners [and] farm owners!
 

Matt Corallo

Bitcoin developer, Square

Last year, Corallo introduced the BetterHash protocol, which became his own plan for decentralization of mining. Now Braiins and Corallo decided to put their know-how together to present a more effective solution.

Individual miners often pool in order to smooth out the negative effect of the uneven distribution of rewards. This has led to the fact that today only three mining pools control over 50% of the computing power of bitcoin and can directly affect which transactions are included in the blocks.

To prevent this situation, Stratum V2 uses a model that changes the relationship of the miner with the mining pool. In the proposed system, the decision about which transactions to include in the blocks is made by miners, not pools. In addition, the individual right to vote in determining the vector for the development of bitcoin is returned to individual miners.

However, the developers note that mining pools interested in censoring transactions may simply refuse to install Stratum V2, and the problem of centralization consists in the production of equipment, which so far is concentrated in the hands of several large players.

To induce the use of Stratum V2 mining pools should the advantages offered by the protocol in the context of reducing costs, preventing attacks and limiting the possibility of theft of computing power. Now developers are completing the preparation of their solution, but it is already available for testing. It is expected that in the case of a favorable attitude of mining pools, their transition to Stratum V2 will require at least 12 months.