Rural Washington County Utility Proposes Increased Electricity Costs for Crypto Miners

Washington’s Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) has proposed a new electricity pricing structure for cryptocurrency miners meant to pass down the cost of increased electricity demand, Central Washington radio station KPQ reported Nov. 14. The article cites Lindsey Mohns, the Customer Utilities Rate Adviser, explaining the difference between the current and proposed electricity pricing systems, noting that the rate structure is “built the same was as the existing rate structure that cryptocurrency miners are paying right now”: “What this new rate structure (Schedule 36) does is brings into it…