For another episode of the mining miniseries, Nic sits down with Blake King, power markets engineer at Galaxy Digital, for his second OTB appearance. In this episode:
- Blake reacts to the White House OSTP report on crypto mining
- Does mining actually reduce the incentive for utilities to build additional transmission?
- How transmission building decisions get made
- How are ERCOT planners taking the price of Bitcoin into account?
- The merits of proactive transmission construction
- Why the existence of strong property rights makes transmission much harder to build
- Can Bitcoin be understood as the electrification of gold?
- Is there really 17-25 GW worth of Bitcoin miners in the process of connecting to the Texas grid?
- How should we think about interconnection and load queues
- Why would ERCOT exaggerate the planned scale of Bitcoin mining in Texas?
- Do miners using renewables “not count” because they displace other consumers of renewable energy?
- Why Blake expects the $/MWh revenue for Bitcoin to continue to trend down over time
- Are Bitcoin miners forcing grids into grid scarcity events?
- Economic curtailment versus formal demand response
- Are Bitcoiners overestimating the importance of demand response for miners?
Content mentioned in this episode:
- Bitcoin Mining and the Grid, Part I and Part II
- Part I of Blake King on the show: OTB 330
- White House OSTP report on Bitcoin Mining
Intro and outro music: Daniel Allan’s Collage #344