The future of crypto mining is one of growth. The need for crypto mining will increase as the use of crypto currency increases worldwide. Bitcoin mining can speed the transition to a zero-carbon future while creating green energy jobs and helping fight climate change by enabling the grid to manage higher proportions of renewable loads.
Crypto mining is a growing industry
The opportunities for crypto mining are expanding as crypto currency use and acceptance increases worldwide. In September 2021, the country of El Salvador became the first country to adopt bitcoin as its national currency. Improvements to the Bitcoin protocol and the lightning network are making bitcoin transactions faster, safer, and easier for users. As the size of the Network increases, the opportunity and need for miners who keep the bitcoin network running increases as well.
Crypto mining can complement the transition to renewable and zero carbon energy
Crypto mining may present an opportunity to accelerate the global energy transition to renewables by sourcing energy from renewable sources and utilizing surplus renewable energy supplies.
The Bitcoin Clean Energy Initiative has published a research paper on how bitcoin mining could complement renewable energy and storage systems. The paper highlights how crypto miners can offtake excess energy that is currently not able to be stored by batteries cost-effectively. Crypto mining also enables less flexible nuclear generators to adapt to a changing grid, for example, TeraWulf is currently constructing a bitcoin mining facility that will draw power directly from a nuclear power plant. This co-location provides TeraWulf with stable, zero carbon power and provides the nuclear power plant with a stable, baseload customer.
Crypto mining can create green energy jobs and support local economies
Crypto mining facilities operate like large data centers and are major employers and economic drivers for communities. A 2017 report from the US Chamber of Commerce found they could create up to 1,688 local jobs during the average 24-month construction phase and around 157 local jobs in the subsequent operation phase. The Chamber of Commerce also found these jobs could bring in millions of dollars in wages, local economic activity, and state and local taxes.
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario in New York, at the site of a retired coal plant, TeraWulf’s Lake Mariner bitcoin mining facility harnesses abundant hydro and renewable energy from the local area. The facility employs workers displaced by the NY State-mandated fossil fuel phase-out. When completed and operational, our facilities in New York will create over 200 green energy jobs. The construction phase will also create employment for hundreds of well-paid workers.