Mining centers in the US face moratorium

Officials of Plattsburgh, New York have filled a moratorium against Bitcoin miners
09 March 2018   182

Mining centers in a small US town of Plattsburgh, NY have stumbled upon a moratorium filing. Local politicians expressed the concern over high consumption of electricity and environment. In general, the politicians want those centers to stop their activity and stay away from the town for good. The public hearing date is set on March 15 at the Common Council Chambers.

This local law shall impose a moratorium on applications or proceedings, or the issuance of approvals or permits for commercial cryptocurrency mining operations in the City of Plattsburgh. The moratorium imposed by this local law shall be in effect for a period of  eighteen  months from the effective date of this local law.


Colin Read

The Mayor of Plattsburgh

As the procedure goes, after the public hearing it will move forward. Now every mining centre will want to have an attorney as they have to defend themselves if the market is still important to them. It was reported by the mayor that approximately 10% of the town's power was consumed for notorious mining activities as of the end of February, 2018. On a personal note, Mr. Read confessed that it's much better to see such consumption from a hiring company than from all-automatic ones.

Any firm, person, corporation, or other entity that shall establish, place, construct, erect or in any way site or locate a Commercial Cryptocurrency Mining operation described in this local law in the City of Plattsburgh in violation of the provisions of this Local Law shall be subject to, in addition to any penalties prescribed by state or local law, a civil penalty of not more than $1,000.00 for each day or part thereof during which such violation continues.


Colin Read

The Mayor of Plattsburgh

Largest mining farm to be built in the UK

The well-known UK tech company Bladetec is building the first large Bitcoin mining farm in Europe
20 March 2018   192

Bladetec had already got an experience in IT support for NATO and the Ministry of Defence of the UK in the past. Today its idea is funded by investors in a limited company which is protected by UK law.

The facility - Third Bladetec Bitcoin Mining Company (TBBMC), situated on the Southeast of the country, is going to cover 3,500 square feet in three different places: in London, Suffolk and Surrey.

Today the company is raising £10 million from investors for building and operating the farm for up 2 years. The farm will become global and significant, also it is supposed to be introduced in the world`s top 25 and produce considerable return for shareholders (as a result of its dominant position).

The minimum investment to TBBMC project set by the company is £ 5,000 from each applicant. The project allows the capital growth up to even 45 % within a period of 2-3 years. The returns for the shareholders at that stage would be based on the Bitcoins sales`proceeds and the ASIC machines. If the price of Bitcoin does drop by 40 %, an investor may lose 22 % of his capital.

The company declared that it is going to mine 1,280 bitcoins within a period of two years. Nowadays it's difficult to predict how much those Bitcoins may be worth in two years. According to current prices, they will be valued at £ 7,8 million. But the situation may probably change before 2021. As for the raised funds, they would mostly be spent on the energy costs, despite the low energy bills' agreement between Bladetec company and the intended wind farm.

Bitcoin mining is more popular in the countries where the weather is cold (such as Iceland and China). The government of Iceland can implement a tax on mining because of the energy consumption. Chinese authorities insists on the ending of the cryptocurrency trading and mining in the country.