US Department of Energy Suspends Miner Energy Survey Amid Lawsuit

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has agreed to temporarily suspend its mandatory survey of cryptocurrency miner energy use following a lawsuit by prominent miner Riot Blockchain and an industry group. The Energy Information Administration, the DOE’s statistical arm, will halt its survey and sequester the data received after initiating data collection from bitcoin miners earlier this month.

Halting Investigation

The US Department of Energy has agreed to halt an investigation it began earlier this month into gathering detailed information about Bitcoin miners and to seal the data it received. Previously, the Texas Blockchain Commission and mining company Riot Platforms sued the U.S. Department of Energy, claiming it illegally requested information.

A Reuters report said that the lawsuit, filed with the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas Waco Division, prompted the DOE to pause its data collection efforts. The Energy Information Administration will no longer collect information on cryptocurrency miners’ energy usage until further notice.

A Temporary Suspension

The temporary suspension of the mandatory survey marks a relief for Bitcoin miners in the ongoing legal battle between cryptocurrency miners and government regulatory agencies. The decision to halt data collection underscores the complexity and sensitivity surrounding energy consumption in the cryptocurrency mining industry.

Author: Grace

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