Fort Worth becomes a major Bitcoin mining city in the United States while New York State hunts down miners who do not use clean energy
Fort Worth, Texas became the first US city to officially mine Bitcoin. Three S9 machines – machines specifically designed to mine Bitcoin – will operate a temperature-regulated data center within the town hall 24 hours a day.
Fort Worth becomes a major Bitcoin mining city in the United States
This is a pilot program that is expected to last six months and the equipment is a donation from the Texas Blockchain Council.
Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker officially turned on the three machines during a ceremony to much fanfare, saying:
“With blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies revolutionizing the financial landscape, we want to transform Fort Worth into a a tech-friendly city. These small but very powerful machines are proof of Fort Worth’s strong commitment to becoming a leading technology and innovation hub.”
City officials estimate that each bitcoin mining machine uses the same amount of energy as a consumer vacuum cleaner. And this consumption should easily and quickly be offset by the BTCs that are generated.
Fort Worth claims to be the 12th largest city in the United States, with a population of over 800,000, and it is ranked among the fastest growing cities.
While New York State hunts down miners who don’t use clean energy
At the same time, New York State has announced that it is hunting down bitcoin miners who do not take adequate measures to use renewable energy. A two-year ban is imposed on mining companies that want to establish operations that do not rely on renewable energy, and which, in fact, create a large carbon footprint.
However, this law will not affect companies that are already in operation. Opponents of the new measure fear it will only shift the problem, causing businesses to flee to other states.
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.