A Canadian hydropower operation put out the welcome mat for bitcoin miners. Shortly thereafter, it was overrun.
MIT Technology Review reported how an industrial park in Saint-Hyacinthe, a small town about 60 miles east of Montreal, became a center for cryptocurrency minining. In 2016, Hydro-Québec announced a formal plan to attract data centers. Interest from cryptocurrency miners became overwhelming, with more requests than the power company could accommodate. That has raised questions about how well Hydro-Québec’s grid can sustain these energy demands, particularly in the winter. Meanwhile, environmentalists and social-justice advocates worry about the ecological and cultural impact.