Quebec is ready to reduce the cost of electricity for miners

Bitcoin miners have been attracted to Quebec by appropriate conditions
20 November 2017   1767

Miners may obtain inexpensive electricity and cold winters for inexpensive cooling there.
Mr.Bertrand, a Canadian Entrepreneur runs 50 ASICS when each units coasts nearly 21$ per day while it produces nearly 470 $. 

Such abundance of electricity attracts big mining companies from China and Iceland.

Montreal state-owned enterprise called Hydro-Quebec realizes the distribution of power in Quebec. Because of 40% of all Canadian water resources are focused in Quebec, Hydro-Quebec is one of the most powerful producer of electricity in the world. Hydro-Quebec provides 4.55 $ per kWh. It also plans to provide additional 500 kWh per 2.58 $ by April 2018.

The Chinese Bitcoin miners began arriving to Quebec looking for alternative locations to place their operations and increase proceeds while Chinese government hunts down such initiatives.

These are really big players who contact us. The Bell Center in Montreal consumes the equivalent of 5 megawatts of power. The players who contact us [consume] from 5 megawatts to several hundred megawatts of power.

 

Eric Filion, Hydro-Quebec’s Vice President of Customers.

Bear Market to Hit Mining Hard

BitMEX research division presented an analysis of the impact of market decline on the mining industry
11 December 2018   119

The cryptocurrency market has experienced a marked decline over the past weeks. The BitMEX research division presented an analysis of the impact of these events on the mining industry. Bitcoin hash rate has fallen by 31% since the beginning of November, which is equivalent to the capacity of 1.3 million Bitmain S9 devices. From this, BitMEX concludes that miners as a class are in a difficult situation, however, they may have different conditions, and those who pay more for electricity, are forced to turn off their equipment first, while others may still be quite viable.

The decrease in the price of Bitcoin by 45% since the beginning of November has already caused two recalculations of the complexity of mining to the lower side - by 7.4% and 15.1% on November 16 and December 3, respectively. The first recalculation turned out to be the largest since January 2013, the second - since October 2011.

Bitcoin mining revenue fell from $ 13 million per day in early November to $ 6 million per day in early December. The fall in the size of the miner's encouragement turned out to be even more rapid than the fall in the price of cryptocurrency. This is due to the delay in recalculating the complexity of mining. For the six-day period ending December 3, 21.8% fewer blocks were mined than expected, since the miners left the network before recalculating the difficulty. As a result, in addition to reducing the size of the miners' encouragement in dollar terms, due to lower asset prices, they received 21.8% less bitcoin awards.

One of the popular reasons for the recent decline in the cryptocurrency market is that miners sold bitcoins to cover their costs of hash warsin the Bitcoin Cash network. The monitoring platform Boltzmann recorded an unusually large sale of Bitcoin by the miner on November 12, that is, 3 days before the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash.

BitMEX assumes that the actions of miners over the past weeks could have played a significant role in reducing the market, however, recommends not overestimating their value and reminds that in a bearish trend, prices continue to fall regardless of asset movements and news.