Chinese Power Provider Denies Bitcoin Mining Ban

By | November 15, 2017

A state-owned electric utility in China is rebuffing rumors that bitcoin mining has been deemed illegal by the government.

Rumors spread in the past day – based on a circulated document – indicating that the country’s State Grid was moving to ban bitcoin mining at a county level in Sichuan province, an ostensibly notable development given the area’s abundant water supply for electricity generation and the fact that profit-chasing bitcoin miners are headquartered in the region.

Chinese Power Provider Denies Bitcoin Mining Ban

A translated version of the document states that “bitcoin mining is an illegal activity,” further adding that “each State Grid connected generator that is involved in powering bitcoin mining is also regarded as an illegal practice, which shall be prohibited.” The document includes the official stamp of the State Grid’s Dan Ba county branch, located in Sichuan.

Though quickly circulated and reported by Chinese local media – raising questions about whether such a decision may signal an administration move against bitcoin mining (one that would follow crackdowns on initial coin offerings (ICOs) and the exchange-based trading of cryptocurrencies against the Chinese yuan) – subsequent statements indicate that the fears may be overblown.

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