Washington Chelan County Power Utility District Intensifies Security Amid Temporary Cryptocurrency Mining Ban
May 08, 2018 Posted / 2513 Views
As indicated by local media publishing, Chelan County Power Utility District (PUD) in north-central Washington has sanctioned safety measures including bulletproof panels and surveillance cameras at the headquarters of PUD.
Reports are ascribing the expanded security precautionary measures to worries of reprisal from two digital currency-related teams, unapproved miners whose influence has been disengaged and high-density load service candidates refused due to the present temporary ban.
Earlier in March, Chelan County PUD's officials propelled an emergency moratorium on new high-density load connections to give staff time to build up an arrangement for managing the need for electricity from cryptocurrency miners.
Kimberlee Craig, Chelan County PUD representative, expressed that “PUD employees in the field and those in the office who are handling issues related to high-density load service have encountered an increasing number of upset customers and potential customers. In some cases, people can get agitated and argumentative. Our goal always is to provide excellent customer service, as well as to keep customers, the public and employees safe, especially when emotions may be running high.”
Regardless of the expanded safety measures, Mrs Craig showed that none of the occurrences has raised to the point of needing support from law enforcement. She said, “The volume of requests and the sense of urgency by applicants has changed the dynamics of the interaction by staff with the cryptocurrency customers."
Chelan County PUD demonstrated that when the temporary ban was initiated, it had “22 approved high-density load customers using a total of about 13.5 megawatts; 19 pending applications for 16.3 megawatts; and had identified 28 unauthorized operations, with a watchlist of 12 and growing. Of the 28, 19 were shut down.”
Ever since making the move, the PUD's staff has purportedly recognised three more unapproved tasks every week. The organisation has communicated worries about unapproved bitcoin operators overburdening the platform, generating fire risks and harming infrastructure of the power grid.
In the month of April, the organisation presented various measures intended to check the power devoured by miners, enabling the unconnected power and the presentation of fees up to $6,150 for in-home digital currency tasks and $11,400 for private or light industrial space and for the individuals who disregard the policy of the organisation.
The measures have incorporated a pardon period for unapproved Bitcoin miners not yet recognised by the PUD, amid which unapproved miners must shut down quickly and inform the PUD with a specific end goal to be eligible for a pardon. The pardon period will be confirmed until May 14 and soon thereafter commissioners will direct a public hearing in regards to whether the organisation should continue with the temporary ban.
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