As an argument, the government reported unjustified electricity costs

Norway is considering a ban on bitcoin mining

20.11.2021 - 08:40


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What’s new? The Norwegian authorities are going to support an initiative of Swedish regulators to ban cryptocurrency mining in the country. As an argument, the government has reported unreasonable electricity costs. Crypto journalist Colin Wu posted this on his Twitter account.

What does the official say? Local Government and Regional Development Minister Bjørn Arild Gram added that officials have begun drafting Europe-wide rules to regulate or ban mining altogether. The official commented on the situation as follows:

“Although crypto mining and its underlying technology might represent some possible benefits, in the long run, it is difficult to justify the extensive use of renewable energy today. We want them to support the transition to a climate-neutral society.”

Why are the authorities considering a ban on mining? Because Norway, Sweden, and Iceland have large amounts of renewable electricity and low electricity prices, the countries have gained popularity among miners. Between April and August 2021, the energy consumption by local miners in Sweden increased. This has made it more difficult to meet the country's climate commitments.

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