Bitcoin miners in Chelan County, Washington, will have to pay more for electricity due to the approval of a new electric rate for customers with energy intends loads.
Public Utility District (PUD) commissioners in Chelan County, Washington have approved a new electricity tariff for customers with an appetite for high energy.
The new “high-density load (HDL)” rate applies for customers whose operations scale or exceed 250-kilowatt hours of power per square foot, per year, while not exceeding 5 megawatts of power at any given time.
Furthermore, HDL customers are required to pay all the capital costs that the PUD incurs for high-capacity infrastructure that delivers power to the customer’s location, upfront.
The county’s PUD made the announcement this week, specifically stating that the rate applies to energy-intensive operations such as “power farms and similar technology operations including bitcoin mining.”
The rates were approved following an 18-month public discussion between PUD commissioners and the public, including bitcoin mining business owners.
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