Norway to Deprive Miners of Electricity Concessions

Northern Bitcoin reports the cost of mining one bitcoin in Norway is about $ 7,700
22 November 2018   615

In the state budget of Norway for the next year there are no special preferential conditions for the mining industry. So, from January 2019, the miners will be forced to pay at standard rates, reports Forbes, citing local sources.

If now the price of a kilowatt for miners is about $ 0.05, then in January it will increase to $ 1.94. Northern Bitcoin reports the cost of mining one bitcoin in Norway is about $ 7,700. In China, for example, this figure is significantly lower - $ 3,100.

Norway can not continue to provide huge tax incentives for the most dirty form of cryptographic output as bitcoin. It requires a lot of energy and generates large greenhouse gas emissions globally.
 

Lars Haltbrekken

Parliamentary representative, Norway

Earlier, mining enterprises in the Chinese provinces of Xinjiang and Guizhou suspended their work at the time of the tax audit, and the network hashrate fell by almost 20%.

Sparkpool to Freeze $300k Reward

As reported, pool suggests that such a high commission could have been paid by someone in error and is considering the possibility of a refund
20 February 2019   105

The Sparkpool mining pool decided to freeze the remuneration in the amount of 2,103,1485 for the extraction of block # 7,238,290. The management of the organization suggests that such a high commission could have been paid by someone in error and is considering the possibility of a refund, CoinDesk reports.

The head of the Sparkpool Xin Xu argues that users of the pool understand and agree with the decision, given the size of the amount involved.

Unfortunately, and fortunately, blockchain is so far not completely run by machines; human are still involved. So we have an opportunity to correct the problem. Integrity is our pool’s priority.
 

Xin Xu

CEO, Sparkpool

While some users suggested that a large commission was paid by mistake, others admitted that this could be a goodwill gesture from an anonymous donor to the community of the miner or even an attempt to launder money through the blockchain cryptocurrency.