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Sichuan’s Blockchain Park: Chengdu Government Officials Welcome Bitcoin Miners

In mid-August officials from the Chinese province of Sichuan approved a number of enterprises that mine bitcoin for legal hydropower consumption in the region. Following the local government of Ya’an city deciding to foster mining, officials from Chengdu recently spoke about welcoming crypto mining at the Hashcon 2020 event as well as bolstering a blockchain industrial park. Government leaders from the province of Sichuan are beginning to be far more friendly toward bitcoin mining than they were two years ago. In 2018, officials called the industry wasteful, but nowadays leaders from Sichuan have been embracing bitcoin miners. In mid-April 2020,…

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Sichuan Officials Continue to Foster the Relationship Between Bitcoin Mining and Hydropower

The province of Sichuan is well known for being one of the largest concentrations of bitcoin miners on earth because electrical costs are extremely cheap in the region. Data shows that miners using hydropower in Sichuan are paying between 0.065-0.075 yuan or $0.01 per kilowatt-hour. According to regional reports, a number of enterprises that mine bitcoin have been approved to leverage hydropower consumption in the province. Last April, news.Bitcoin.com reported on the local government of Ya’an city, in China’s Sichuan province, revealing that it wanted bitcoin miners to leverage the cheap electricity offered by the region’s rich hydropower resources. The…

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Ethereum Price Creates GPU Shortage, Some Manufacturers Blame Nvidia

During the last four weeks, cryptocurrency markets have gathered significant value, and the crypto asset ethereum gained over 40% during the last 30-days. The price of ether moving northbound has caused a strain on the graphics processing unit (GPU) market, as ETH miners have become scarce. Regional reports stemming from China explain that GPU miners are becoming much harder to obtain since the price of ether started rising exponentially. Ethereum (ETH) touched an 11-month high on Monday, touching $327 per coin. Statistics from Etherscan shows that Ethereum’s network hashrate has increased by 25.7% since the first week in January 2020.…

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