A provincial supreme-court judge ruled that B.C Hydro, British Columbia’s power utility, was reasonable in its moratorium on crypto mining, according to an ruling published on Monday.

Conifex Timber was challenging the moratorium. This forestry company had expanded into crypto mining. Conifex planned to start a mining operation in partnership with Tsay Keh Dene Nation.

Justice Michael Tammen ruled that the moratorium, which was first implemented in December 2022, was reasonable and not discriminatory. It also fell within the limits of the Utilities Commission Act.

Justice Tammen wrote B.C. Hydro’s decision was based on the cost-of-service model, which takes into account the significant energy requirements of cryptocurrency mining, and is intended to maintain affordable energy access for a wider population.

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The evidence is overwhelming that cryptocurrency mining centres have unique characteristics in terms of electricity consumption. The Judge noted that the total number of megawatt-hours required to meet all interconnection requests for cryptocurrency operations by 2023 was far greater than BC Hydro’s projections.

Conifex, for its part highlighted that they believed the ban continued was a missed chance for the province.

Conifex continued to believe the provincial government was missing several opportunities to improve energy affordability and accelerate technological innovation. It also said that it wanted to strengthen the reliability and resilience of the power grid in British Columbia and achieve a more inclusive economic development.

New York State will impose a 2-year crypto-mining moratorium in November 2022.

British Columbia has a number of mining projects with zero carbon footprint , such as Ocean Falls Technology which uses orphaned electricity from an abandoned hydroelectric plant.

Parikshit Miishra is the editor.