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Washington state continues to put the brakes on new mining farms

Washington state continues to be a hotbed of mining growth, so much so that local government authorities are starting to focus on the costs of larger scale farming in their community.  Washington state’s PUD 3, which provides power to Mason County, published a brief last week stating that they are imposing a moratorium on new crypto mining applications.

“A large grocery store or hospital uses between 30 and 40 kilowatt-hours per square foot.  Computer data processing can use over 2,100 kilowatt-hours per square foot.”

The pause in applications will provide the organization with “[…] breathing room to study the local impact on power demands, the ability of the system to handle these energy-intensive operations, rate structure considerations, and protecting the power supply of existing customers.”  Michele Patterson, the power supply manager, continued “A large grocery store or hospital uses between 30 and 40 kilowatt-hours per square foot.  Computer data processing can use over 2,100 kilowatt-hours per square foot.”  The moratorium does not affect applications still waiting to be approved and filed before the brief.

PUD 3 also provides municipal and residential fiber broadband services to the county.

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