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  • Writer's pictureLaura J. McPhee

British Columbia's Strategic Regulation of Electricity Use in Cryptocurrency Mining

By: Laura J. McPhee


In response to the surging demands from cryptocurrency mining, British Columbia (BC) has initiated a comprehensive approach to manage its electricity supply. This blog delves into the legislative, regulatory, and judicial actions taken by BC to ensure sustainable electricity use across the province, particularly focusing on the cryptocurrency sector.

The Urgency for Regulation

Cryptocurrency mining is notorious for its high energy consumption, which not only stresses the electrical grid but also poses risks to the availability and affordability of electricity for other users. As the sector grows, the potential for unchecked electricity consumption becomes a critical concern for energy sustainability in BC, as well as for other jurisdictions facing similar challenges.

Legislative Developments

Recently, BC has introduced new legislation aimed at providing the government the power to control the electricity supply to cryptocurrency mining operations. This move is part of a strategy to curb the exponential growth of energy demand in this sector and to mitigate its impact on the province's power resources. The legislation is designed to ensure that the energy consumption by miners does not compromise the electricity needs of other consumers and businesses​ (Global News) (BC Gov News).

Specifically, Bill 24 seeks to enact the “Energy Statutes Amendment Act, 2024” which grants BC the ability to make regulations that limit or prohibit a public utility from supplying service to cryptocurrency mining operations, set a special electricity rate for such operations, and collect any costs or loss of revenue incurred by the public utility as the result of actions taken to provide electricity to cryptocurrency mining operations.

Judicial and Regulatory Backing

Supporting the legislative framework, the BC Supreme Court has upheld the government’s temporary moratorium on new electricity connections for cryptocurrency mining, reflecting the government's authority to manage energy demands effectively. This judicial backing underscores the province’s commitment to maintaining a balanced and sustainable energy supply​ (CoinDesk)​​ (Blockchain News)​.

Economic and Environmental Goals

In alignment with its legislative actions, BC Hydro has suspended new connections for crypto mining operations to prioritize electricity for essential services and green initiatives, such as electric vehicles and other electrification projects that promote economic growth and environmental sustainability​ (Daily Hive Van)​. This policy helps ensure that critical resources are allocated to sectors that offer more significant benefits in terms of job creation and carbon reduction.

The Ripple Effects on the Industry

Despite the new regulations, cryptocurrency remains a vibrant industry in BC, with several operations still receiving power. The government's approach seeks not to stifle the sector but to ensure its growth does not derail the province's energy stability and environmental commitments. Discussions around possibly stringent measures, including potential bans, are ongoing and aim at preserving BC’s energy future while supporting technological innovation​ (CoinGape)​.


BC’s comprehensive approach seeks to ensure that while the province supports innovation and technological growth, it also upholds its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development. By balancing technological advancements with resource sustainability, BC sets a precedent in how regions can handle the complex dynamics of modern energy demands and environmental responsibility.

These measures reflect an understanding of the need for strategic governance in industries characterized by rapid growth and significant energy consumption, ensuring that progress in one sector does not compromise overall regional stability and sustainability.


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