Bitcoin electricity consumption falls to November 2020 levels: Data

Bitcoin’s complete estimated annual electricity consumption has plummeted practically 60%, falling from the all-time peak above 143 terawatt-hours (TWh) in May to as little as 62 TWh in early July, in accordance to knowledge from Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI). This is the bottom vitality consumption fee recorded since early November 2020.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s annualized electricity consumption is estimated at 67 TWh, whereas the higher sure consumption, or absolutely the most complete electricity expenditure based mostly on the worst case assumption, stands at 162 TWh, down from 520 TWh in mid-May.

The decrease sure estimate, which corresponds to absolutely the minimal complete electricity expenditure based mostly on the most effective case assumption that every one miners at all times use essentially the most energy-efficient tools out there available on the market, has additionally dropped from 47 TWh to 24 TWh.

Despite world regulators persevering with to blame Bitcoin (BTC) for extreme vitality consumption and related environmental disaster, Bitcoin’s vitality consumption has in reality massively dropped lately, in accordance to some knowledge.

Bitcoin electricity consumption since January 2017. Source: CBECI

Related: Bitcoin Mining Council survey estimates a 56% sustainable energy combine in Q2

As beforehand reported, Bitcoin’s parabolic bull motion main its value above $64,000 in April had pushed a large progress within the quantity of electricity consumed by Bitcoin miners, spurring main debates over doable environmental impression of the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin later skilled a significant sell-off after Tesla CEO Elon Musk suspended Bitcoin funds for Tesla car purchases on May 12.

In line with Bitcoin costs, Bitcoin’s estimated electricity consumption has been quickly falling for the reason that announcement, prompted additional by China’s crackdown on the cryptocurrency mining trade. After closing down crypto mining amenities in Inner Mongolia this April, Chinese authorities enforced a sequence of crypto mining bans in main crypto mining hubs together with hydropower-based provinces like Sichuan and Yunnan, in addition to Xinjiang and Qinghai.