As Texas grid operator calls for energy conservation, some bitcoin miners paused operations

Quick Take

  • The power grid operator in Texas issued a warning asking residents and businesses in the state to conserve energy on Monday, as with high temperatures driving power deman.
  • Bitcoin miners Argo and Riot announced over the weekend and on Monday that they would temporarily curtail operations.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) asked Texans and Texas businesses to voluntarily conserve electricity to conserve energy on Monday due to extreme temperatures.

Energy-intensive bitcoin miners have responded to the peak in power demand by temporarily shutting down operations.

Argo Blockchain said on Twitter that it would curtail power to its Helios facility, in Dickens County on Monday afternoon, in response to ERCOT's appeal.

"We are doing our part to help stabilize the Texas grid," the company said. 

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