US Department of Energy Announced an 'Emergency' Data Collection Initiative Targeting US Bitcoin Miners


The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is initiating a provisional survey of electricity consumption information from identified cryptocurrency mining companies operating in the United States.

Beginning next week, EIA will survey identified commercial cryptocurrency miners, which are required to respond with details related to their energy use. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) authorized the survey on January 26, 2024, as an emergency collection of data request.

EIA will also be soliciting public comment on the collection of cryptocurrency miners’ energy use data.

“We intend to continue to analyze and write about the energy implications of cryptocurrency mining activities in the United States,” said EIA Administrator Joe DeCarolis. “We will specifically focus on how the energy demand for cryptocurrency mining is evolving, identify geographic areas of high growth, and quantify the sources of electricity used to meet cryptocurrency mining demand.”

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