A measure to de-regulate Bitcoin mining in Louisiana has been proposed by a state representative, Mark Wright. The proposed bill follows a few of the current law’s rules.
The Bitcoin mining sector has a lot of promise, but it also has a lot of drawbacks. The anti-crypto group has emphasized the industry’s enormous energy consumption as well as the fact that mining is not ecologically beneficial.
As a result, the government of Louisiana controlled Bitcoin mining and established limitations to keep things under check. Mark Wright, a State Representative, has just presented a measure to eliminate rules from the state’s power zones.
Louisiana’s “Deregulated Industrial Power Zones Act”
The “Deregulated Industrial Power Zones Act” will apply to “deregulated industrial power zones,” “governing authority,” and “state properties,” among other things.
It will allow government officials to petition for a power zone on a portion of the property, but they must host a public meeting within a fortnight after the hearing. During the meeting, the authority will be required to submit a complete analysis of the power zone’s impact.
The bill also stipulates that the updated or proposed law would follow the prior law with the exception of one provision.
It will be imposed on consumers that consume electricity for “commercial” or “industrial” purposes within the power zone. The user who does not purchase “electricity to replace electrical service capacity that existed previous to the formation of the power zone” will also be exempt.
Despite the fact that the proposed bill aims to loosen the constraints imposed by current legislation, it will not allow a utility producer to recoup expenses. It will guarantee that it does not significantly impact “service supplied to other retail customers.”
The adverse effects of Bitcoin mining
Bitcoin mining operations utilize roughly a hundred and twenty terawatt-hours of electricity each year, according to the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index.
This is the total yearly home power usage in Sweden as a whole. According to Digiconomist, a single bitcoin transaction consumes the same energy as an ordinary American home in a month. It emits about a million times the amount of carbon dioxide as a single Visa transaction.
Does it make sense to devote such a massive quantity of power to a virtual currency at a time when the world badly needs to reduce carbon emissions? The response appears to be a resounding nay. Nonetheless, here we are.