Dept. of Energy begins process of drafting a new bitcoin miner survey

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After the first version drew controversy, the Energy Information Administration is soliciting public feedback.

The Department of Energy is once again working to develop a survey seeking information related to proof-of-work crypto mining’s energy use in the U.S., about four months after getting sued in a Texas court for trying to force through an "emergency collection of data request."

The EIA was then forced to "destroy any information" it had received and withdraw the survey. At the time, the agency said it would look to collaborate more closely with industry participants when designing a new survey. Harvey noted that when developing the first recalled survey, the agency was motivated to collect information after developing “rough” preliminary estimates that found crypto mining already accounted for between 0.6% and 2.3% of total U.S. energy consumption, which is “a lot.”

It was a point echoed by Bitcoin Policy Institute co-founder Margot Paez who suggested that if the EIA wanted “industry buy-in” it should consider using a third-party agency, like the Georgia Institute of Technology where she studies, to collect the data. Paez, who studies Bitcoin energy usage, is already researching the subject.


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