1.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity; Energy consumption of cryptocurrency mining centers
As the hot season of the year approaches, the issue of electricity and energy supply, which has become one of the country’s serious challenges in recent years, is raised once again. There is this concern every year whether we will have blackouts in the industry during the hot days of spring and summer this year.
Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, the spokesman of the electricity industry, in an interview with Ilana In response to this question, he announced: “In the industry sector, good coordination has been made with the Ministry of Privacy and there is no problem in this regard.” For the industries that are located in industrial towns, they cooperate with us 12 hours a week, for industries smaller than small and industrial towns, no consumption management is planned and they can use electricity without restrictions, although it is recommended to continue cooperating with us.”
He also said that for large industries, they are coordinating with the Ministry of Security to compile their energy consumption according to the maintenance schedule, annual holidays and load shifting.
The statistics provided by Rajabi Mashhadi about the amount of consumption by cryptocurrency mining centers are also significant: “According to the information, about 8,200 unauthorized centers have been discovered so far, and more than 246,000 active miners have been operating in these centers and they have consumed about 680 megawatts of electricity.”
According to the spokesperson of the electricity industry, so far 1.8 billion kilowatt hours of energy has been consumed in an unauthorized manner, which is 680 megawatts of electricity consumption in unauthorized farms, which is more than the consumption of provinces such as Semnan and Kurdistan, and is on par with the electricity consumption of Hamadan and Kermanshah provinces.
Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi has also pointed out that the most miner discoveries were in Isfahan and Tehran, and after these two cities, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Markazi, Fars and East Azerbaijan had the most discoveries.
The spokesperson of the country’s electricity industry considered the illegal cryptocurrency collection activities successful and explained: “It is estimated that around 1200 megawatts of illegal miners are present and active in the country.”
He explained how to identify unauthorized mining centers as follows: “One of our ways to access unauthorized cryptocurrency production information is to encourage subscribers to announce through the “My Electricity” system that this information remains confidential.”
According to Rajabi Mashhadi, there are other ways to identify unauthorized centers, including measuring through smart meters and unauthorized electricity network meters.