Many cryptocurrency miners in Texas, one of the largest Bitcoin mining hubs in the U.S., are halting their operations as the state’s electrical grid faces surging power demand amid a heat wave.

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Fast facts

  • Nasdaq-listed miner Core Scientific on Tuesday said that it has unplugged its ASIC servers in the state to “provide relief to people in Texas.”
  • The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s grid, on Saturday urged local residents and businesses to voluntarily conserve electricity on Monday, according to local television KBTX.
  • In response to that, London-headquartered miner Argo Blockchain said Monday its facility would curtail power in Dickens County, Texas in the afternoon to help conserve electricity.
  • Last month, Marathon Digital, a major Bitcoin miner in the U.S., had to halt three-fourths of its mining operations in Montana due to power outages caused by a storm.
  • U.S. power companies are facing supply crunches due to extreme weather events, while consumer power use is expected to hit a record high this summer, according to Reuters.

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