On 6 January, the Guardian reported that Kazakhstan is a power player in the bitcoin world and last year, it became the world’s second-largest centre for bitcoin mining after the US, after China clamped down on crypto mining activity. As of August, Kazakhstan was hosting 18% of global bitcoin mining. The government said last year it planned to crack down first on unregistered “grey” miners which it estimates might be consuming twice as much power as the “white” or officially registered ones. Last year, its energy ministry said that “grey” mining may consume up to 1.2GW of power, which together with “white” miners’ 600MW comes up to about 8% of Kazakhstan’s total generation capacity.
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