The local energy authorities in Iran have decided to temporarily shut down authorized crypto mining centers. This is because energy consumption increases significantly in winter and they expect to experience problems if they don’t. This is not the first time the country has taken similar action.


Reducing power consumption

According to Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, the chairman of the board and also director of Iran Grid Management Company, the Iranian authorities took this action to significantly reduce energy consumption last month. About this, Mashadi said the following:

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“The Department of Energy has taken several measures since last month to reduce the use of liquid fuels in power plants, including cutting power to licensed crypto farms, turning off lampposts in less risky areas and strict consumption monitoring. ”


Big country in crypto mining

Iran is one of the largest crypto mining countries worldwide and therefore accounts for approximately 5.75% of the global hash rate of Bitcoin (BTC). In the summer, the country had already put in place a temporary general ban on crypto mining, also to reduce power consumption. The country also had historical power peaks because it was very warm in the country. However, the ban was lifted again in September. This after the Iranian electricity grid became more stable at the time. The same is expected to happen again.

While the government of Iran has now imposed various restrictions on authorized crypto miners, they have also been working to combat illegal crypto miners. They are therefore a major problem for the electricity network in the country. By the end of November this year, local energy authorities announced that they had seized a total of approximately 222,000 mining equipment. All these crypto miners would be used for illegal crypto farms.

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With all the new energy-saving restrictions, the government of Iran wants to reduce energy consumption by about 40%. It is not yet known whether this percentage will be achieved.

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