The global cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, which has drawn interest from a spectrum of investors, is not only seeing a rise in cost, but in electricity consumption too. Bitcoin’s current estimated annual electricity consumption is 29.05 billion kWh, representing 0.13% of global electricity consumption, according to Digiconomist’s Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index.
According to UK energy comparison site, Power Compare, bitcoin mining is currently using more electricity than 159 individual countries, RT media added.
If bitcoin miners were one country, it would be ranked 61st in the world, based on electricity consumption, comparable to Morocco or Slovakia.
“If it keeps increasing at this rate, Bitcoin mining will consume the entire world’s electricity by February 2020,” Power Compare reports. Read more...
RT reported that Power Compare also compares global mining revenues, which currently stand at $7.2 billion, with estimated global mining costs reportedly hovering around $1.5 billion.
Adding that the figures show that the world's number one digital currency is still worth mining.
According to Power Compare estimations, 2.4 million Americans could be powered by bitcoin mining (more than the population of Houston).
The number of Britons who could be powered by bitcoin mining equates to 6.1 million (more than the population of Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Bradford, Liverpool, Bristol, Croydon, Coventry, Leicester & Nottingham combined) Or Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
According to the research, Bitcoin Mining consumes more electricity than 12 US states (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming).
The map above shows how much more or less bitcoin mining energy consumption compares to each countries energy usage with 100% being equal, the comparison firm said.
Adding that Ireland currently consumes an estimated 25 TWh of electricity per year, so global Bitcoin mining consumption is 116%, or 16% more than they consume.
The UK consumes an estimated 309 TWh of electricity per year so global Bitcoin mining consumption is only equivalent to 9.4% of the UK total.
Power Compare explained: "While Bitcoin Mining is only currently consuming 0.13% of the world’s electricity output, it’s growing incredibly quickly."
The Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index estimates consumption has increased by 29.98% over the past month. If that growth rate were to continue, and countries did not add any new power generating capacity, Bitcoin mining would:
- Be greater than UK electricity consumption by October 2018 (309 TWh)
- Be greater than US electricity consumption by July 2019 (3,913 TWh)
- Consume all the world’s electricity by February 2020. (21,776 TWh)
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