Bitcoin Mining Uses Less Than 1 percent of UK Electricity Supply due to ‘Rip Off Britain’ Pricing

Cryptocurrencyminers are not a major risk to Britain’s electricity infrastructure, says the National Grid.

Blog site has confirmed that despite fears, miners pose little threat to the country’s supply chain. And that, high-tech capitalists making millions from mining are doing so in countries like Iceland because buying energy in Britain costs too much. This comes despite claims that the currency miners are causing ‘blackouts.’

Britain’s electricity network is unlikely to be brought to its knees despite claims of policymakers and activists that mining is so enormous it poses a threat.

However, while there is no question the mining of currencies currently uses double the electricity consumption of Scotland from a global perspective; in reality, the UK is facing next to no issues with the phenomenon.

The revelation from National Grid comes after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney blasted consumption rates branding them “enormous” and called on regulation of the currencies which he described as ‘speculative mania’.

His comments were made ahead of the G20 summit in Argentina where Carney and other leading economists are to discuss regulation of the sector.

He said, “The costs of Bitcoin mining are enormous. Its current annual electricity consumption is estimated by some to be up to 52 terawatt hours, double the electricity consumption of Scotland.”

A spokeswoman for the National Grid revealed however that while the service operator is monitoring the rise of the phenomenon that “future growth” in the UK is not expected to be significant despite fears.

The National Grid said: “At present, their mining is not a major contributor to demand in GB. Any GB cryptocurrency demand would likely appear as a small component within the data centre element of our Industrial and Commercial electricity demand modelling (data centres themselves perhaps accounting for only around maybe 1 percent of total GB demand although data is limited).

“Whilst cryptocurrency mining is clearly growing at a fast rate globally, the miners are likely to be most attracted to countries with the very lowest electricity prices and so future growth in GB is not currently expected to be significant. However, whilst we have no immediate concerns in relation to GB electricity demand, it is an area that we actively monitor as part of our electricity demand modelling in our Future Energy Scenarios.”

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