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An evergreen chronology of Energy Flux articles about digitalisation, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, the bitcoin-energy nexus and decentralised finance

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El Salvador gets hot for bitcoin
The small Central American nation of El Salvador sent #CryptoTwitter into a frenzy this week by becoming the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. The government is also bankrolling geothermal-powered cryptocurrency mining to harness the country’s considerable untapped volcanic energy…
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Bitcoin at energy crossroads as miners flee China
Bitcoin miners are fleeing China after Beijing imposed a regulatory crackdown. This has created a big opportunity for the power-hungry cryptocurrency to end its reliance on cheap Chinese coal-fired power and clean up its image. The energy markets where they redomicile will be reshaped by new, decentralised revenue streams – and redefine bitcoin’s conten…
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Bitcoin goes into ESG overdrive
The campaign to ‘green’ bitcoin mining is going into overdrive amid criticism from Tesla CEO Elon Musk over the cryptocurrency’s fossil fuel consumption. One gas-powered miner has been particularly proactive on the ESG front after being singled out by the eccentric billionaire rocket enthusiast…
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Bitcoin’s climate reckoning
The bitcoin energy debate is going full-throttle mainstream. Tesla CEO Elon Musk triggered a mass sell-off after tweeting that the electric car manufacturer won’t be accepting bitcoin for purchases due to concerns over the “increasing use of fossil fuels” for mining and transactions…
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Hydro-powered bitcoin mining, hashing instead of flaring + MORE
Welcome back to your first Energy Flux of the working week — a little later in the day than usual. This will probably be the normal publishing time for the Monday newsletter from now on. I have an exquisite story for you today about hydroelectric dams in rural British Columbia powering cutting-edge cryptocurrency mining rigs…
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Canadian oil producer mines bitcoin, snuffs out gas flare
There is an urgent need to rapidly curb the practice of flaring and venting waste natural gas at upstream oil wells. There is also growing interest in using this gas to power remote energy-hungry computing applications, such as cryptocurrency mining and data processing. One start-up in this field has just completed its latest installation to capture a n…
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Colonial pipeline ransomware debacle holds lessons for the energy transition
Cyber threats are now a fact of life, and any company failing to prepare for them is failing in its fiduciary duties. The operator of the Colonial Pipeline and the US government both seem to have distracted from this point by deflecting attention onto DarkSide, the allegedly Russian state-backed cyber attacker that debilitated the critical fuel supply n…
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Hydro-powered bitcoin miner lures institutional investors ahead of IPO
Growing momentum to clean up the energy-intensive practice of mining cryptocurrencies is starting to attract institutional investment. A hydro-powered Canadian mining operation is about to get a big injection from Australian investors to fund an ambitious expansion that would repatriate a piece of the bitcoin network’s computing power to rural British C…
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Brave new world: Bitcoin opens digital frontier in global clean energy transition
Love it or loathe it, bitcoin is here to stay. The power-hungry digital currency is going from strength to strength, soaring to a series of all-time highs since the New Year and winning a string of high-profile corporate backers along the way. All this has cemented its position as the world’s leading cryptocurrency by market capitalisation…
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