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The authorities of two Russian regions in 2023 will introduce a separate payment for electricity due to cryptocurrency miners
The Irkutsk region and Khakassia starting from January 2023 will introduce a separate payment for electricity for individuals on the principle “the more you consume, the more expensive each kilowatt-hour” due to illegal cryptocurrency miners. This is written by “Vedomosti” with reference to government sources.
It is reported that the reason for the introduction of a separate payment system was the “gray” miners of cryptocurrency, which flooded the regions. One of the officials of the administration of Khakassia said in a comment to the media:
“Miners can be seen in the nature of consumption. We plan to conduct an analysis and appropriate calculations so that changes in the tariff do not affect ordinary consumers.”
However, a source close to the government of the Irkutsk region said that the new scheme has yet to be approved by the regional parliament. Exactly when that might happen is unclear.
The interest of cryptocurrency miners in the Irkutsk region has been noticed for a long time. Back in early 2022, the director for development and technological connections of the Irkutsk Electric Grid Company, Evgeny Vechkanov, said that due to cryptocurrency miners in 2021, the Irkutsk region consumed four times more electricity than in 2020.
At the same time, as the general director of the Baikal Energy Company Oleg Pricko said, only in the first half of January 2022, seven Boeing-737 aircraft fully loaded with mining equipment arrived in Irkutsk at once.
In March, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Grabchak said in an interview with the media that mining itself “increases the supply of useful energy” and allows you to invest additional funds in the development of networks. Also, the Ministry of Energy opposed the disconnection of electricity to individuals for mining. This, according to Grabchak, is explained by the fact that it is “very difficult to determine” that a particular person is engaged in mining.
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