New York Partially Bans Crypto Mining


New York Partially Bans Crypto Mining

Last Update: 2022-11-23

New York Partially Bans Crypto Mining

New York has enacted a two-year moratorium on proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining operations powered by fossil fuel, becoming the first state in the country to do so. 

Governor Kathy Hochul, who was elected to a full term in early November, signed the controversial environmental ban on Tuesday.

In her statement, Hochul said that she wanted New York to remain the center of financial innovation, but the governor also stressed the importance of environmental protection. The bill was passed by the New York State Senate in early June. 

New York has become an attractive place for crypto mining businesses because of its cheap hydroelectric energy sources.  Miners also took advantage of the abundance of shuttered fossil fuel power plants in the state. 

However, crypto businesses attracted strong backlash from local environmental groups for using plenty of energy and threatening the state’s climate goals by refiring fossil abandoned fuel-burning power plants and significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Last year, some residents of upstate New York started complaining about a local Bitcoin mining facility turning Seneca Lake into a hot tub.


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