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In the News: Marketplace May 20, 2024

“Right-to-mine” crypto laws are making their way across the U.S.

Mandy DeRoche, Deputy Managing Attorney, Clean Energy Program: “We have seen across the U.S. how energy-intensive crypto mining strains electric grids, restarts and unretires dirty coal and gas plants, raises electricity rates for others, increases local air and water pollution and is as noisy as planes about to take off. Crypto miners don’t need incentives…

document May 9, 2024

NYS DEC Decision: Case Closed – Greenidge Crypto Mining

The ruling confirmed DEC’s authority to deny permits, including renewal permits, for being inconsistent with the greenhouse gas emissions limits of New York’s Climate Law (the CLCPA) and upheld the denial of Greenidge’s permit on that basis.

The Greenidge Generating Station on the west shore of Seneca Lake, near Dresden, New York.
(Lauren Petracca for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory May 9, 2024

Another Decision Upholds Denial of Cryptominer Greenidge Generation’s Air Permit – DEC Case Closed

Climate-killing crypto miner Greenidge Generation became a national story and test case for how states should handle the exploitative and extractive crypto mining industry

In the News: E&E News April 10, 2024

Unsolved mystery: How much power is crypto using?

Mandy DeRoche, Deputy Managing Attorney, Clean Energy Program: “Every day is urgent. The incentives for mining are getting so much higher. Between the price of bitcoin and extreme weather, the combination is a danger to our grid and a danger to externalizing costs on other ratepayers and on the environment.”

Bitcoin mining machines in a warehouse at the Whinstone US Bitcoin mining facility in Rockdale, Texas, the largest in North America. Operations like this one have been boosted by China’s intensified crypto crackdown that has pushed the industry west. (Mark Felix / AFP via Getty Images)
feature March 25, 2024

State Legislation Alert: As Alarm Grows Over Crypto Mining’s Energy Consumption, Bitcoin Lobbyists Peddle State Bills

A new “model” bill carves out special protections for crypto miners that can threaten the grid and raise electricity rates.

Bitcoin mining machines in a warehouse at the Whinstone US Bitcoin mining facility in Rockdale, Texas, the largest in North America. Operations like this one have been boosted by China’s intensified crypto crackdown that has pushed the industry west. (Mark Felix / AFP via Getty Images)
From the Experts March 12, 2024

Cryptocurrency Miners Need to Report their Energy Use

The U.S. Energy Information Administration raises concerns about energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining operations, will seek comments on reporting requirements.

In the News: Courthouse News Service March 7, 2024

NY appellate court greenlights challenge of crypto-mining power plant

Hillary Aidun, Attorney, Northeast Office: “As the appellate court made clear, people who live near polluting power plants have every right to challenge the decisions that impact their health, safety, and quality of life. We look forward to proving that cryptocurrency miners can’t get a free pass to pollute, and the Public Service Commission can’t…

In the News: Denton Record-Chronicle February 28, 2024

Texas bitcoin miners don’t have to report energy usage yet; Denton touts selling renewables

Thom Cmar, Attorney, Clean Energy Program: “The EIA collects this type information from every energy user in the U.S., so there is no question that they have the authority to collect this information. It’s just a question of whether this industry is willing to cooperate by making this information publicly available to the extent it…

In the News: Fortune February 27, 2024

Texas Bitcoin miner sues feds over energy survey

Thom Cmar, Attorney, Clean Energy Program: “The EIA clearly has authority to collect this type of information from crypto miners, as it does from many other industries. The reporting burdens here are minimal, and this is information that the public has the right to know.”

In the News: Grist February 8, 2024

Bitcoin mining uses a lot of energy. The US government is about to find out how much.

Mandy DeRoche, Attorney, Clean Energy Program: “This is nonpartisan data that’s collected from the miners themselves that no one else has. Understanding this data is the first step to understanding what we can do next.”

Bitdeer’s cryptomining facility in Rockdale, Texas. (© Aaron M. Sprecher / Greenpeace)
Press Release January 31, 2024

U.S. Energy Information Administration Announces It Will Require Cryptocurrency Mining Companies to Report Their Energy Use for the First Time

The explosive growth of cryptocurrency mining in the U.S. is largely unregulated

In the News: Texas Tribune January 3, 2024

Texan Bitcoin miners profit by using less electricity; advocates say all Texans should get the same chance

Mandy DeRoche, Deputy Managing Attorney, Clean Energy Program: “The rewards for their behavior are so lucrative and unfair. It’s like we’re bending over backwards to give money to the [crypto] miner for putting the strain on the grid and the system in the first place.”

Equipment owned by Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc., used to mine cryptocurrencies and powered by the Scrubgrass Generating Plant near Kennerdell, Pennsylvania, in Venango County.
Press Release December 21, 2023

PA Enviro Groups File Appeal for Urgent Removal of Hazardous Coal Ash ‘Mountain’ at Scrubgrass Crypto Facility

Massive unauthorized coal ash ‘mountain,’ growing for years; PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) granted cryptomining polluter Scrubgrass a 4-year leash: toxic coal ash waste allowed to persist

Hoosier Energy’s Merom Generating Station can be seen from Turtle Creek Reservoir near Merom, Indiana. (Laura Demarest / West Central Indiana Watershed Alliance)
Press Release December 5, 2023

Indiana Urged to Crack Down on Merom Coal Plant’s Illegal Air and Water Pollution

Plans to retire plant were scrapped and an energy-intensive cryptominer moved in

document December 5, 2023

Letter to Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) regarding the Merom coal plant

Letter to Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) regarding the Merom coal plant in Sullivan County from Earthjustice, Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, Sierra Club, and Hoosier Environmental Council. The plant has repeatedly violated legal limits on dangerous pollutants, including ammonia, lead, barium, and chromium.

Transmission lines in Indiana.
(Photo courtesy of Michael Kappel)
feature October 23, 2023

Cryptocurrency Mining in Indiana

The growth of cryptomining threatens to keep polluting coal-fired power plants active, strain the grid, and raise electricity rates for Hoosiers.

The Greenidge Generating Station on the west shore of Seneca Lake, near Dresden, New York.
(Lauren Petracca for Earthjustice)
Article: Victory September 27, 2023

Crypto Miners Bought Their Own Power Plant. It’s a Climate Disaster.

The plant’s air permit application was denied after community members fought back, with help from Earthjustice.

The Greenidge Generation Bitcoin mining facility, along Seneca Lake in Dresden, NY, on Jul. 30, 2022. (Lauren Petracca for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory September 26, 2023

BREAKING: In New Decision, Judge Finds Greenidge Generation’s Air Permit Inconsistent with NYS Climate Law

The ruling finds that Greenidge Generation’s crypto mining pollution operations are inconsistent with and will interfere with the greenhouse gas emissions limits of New York’s Climate Law (the CLCPA), as the DEC found in June 2022