'Belligerent' Crypto Miners Prompt Power Utility to Beef Up Security
A public utility in one of the U.S. hot spots for bitcoin mining is adopting new security measures in light of harassment of some of its employees. The steps are being taken by the Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) in Washington County - as previously reported, the area has attracted a number of bitcoin miners because of its abundant access to hydropower sources. Yet "confrontations" between staffers and would-be mine operators, as first reported by The Wenatchee World, has sparked a drive to add new cameras, install security panels and institute other actions. On Monday, Chelan County PUD director of corporate security Rich Hyatt briefed the district's commissioners during a meeting, attributing the moves to "belligerent behavior by impatient cryptocurrency miners" who are reacting poorly following a moratorium imposed on new bitcoin mines. Hyatt explained: "Some of the things we're doing internally, we've got a lot of business security measures, at [headquarters] we've [installed] a lot of security panels, we've increased the camera coverage. We've also designed and are going into the construction phase for a very small store front lobby that would give employees a lot more security without having personnel or customers being able to walk right into their work area. We're monitoring those areas." He also described new measures being taken to dissuade unauthorized bitcoin miners from setting up facilities, saying his office was making agreements with the chief of police, the county sheriff and the county prosecutor to investigate and potentially prosecute repeat offenders. "We ... have an agreement with those agencies that we could use [them] as the mechanism that when we prepare a case and gather the evidence and establish probable cause, we can take that case through their detectives and that can help the county for prosecution considerations," he said. The agency has also trained its personnel on how to deal with potentially hostile people by installing panic buttons for front-line staff and adding security officers able to spot "negative body language," he said. By Coindesk.com
Chelan PUD Twitter. The Latest, from @ChelanPUD. Service restored to all customers. If your power hasn’t been restored, please call 1-877-783-8123. Si su servicio no ha sido restaurado, por favor comuníquese al (509)663-8121. #outage. 7:16 PM - 24th October 2020 Power restored in most places. Crews are still working to restore power at North Shore Lake Wenatchee and Entiat mile marker 22 ... Chelan PUD, located in rural North Central Washington, has become a cryptocurrency hotspot. It’s not surprising that Chelan’s low-cost, reliable hydropower is the draw, with retail customer rates at 3.2 cents per kWh. We are in good company with our mid-Columbia River sister utilities at Douglas and Grant PUDs, which are feeling the crypto-love as well. What Chelan learned about this ... Home bitcoin miners fear Chelan PUD rates will shut them down By Jefferson Robbins; Sep 10, 2018 Sep 10, 2018; 0; Facebook; Twitter; WhatsApp; SMS; Email; Facebook; Twitter; WhatsApp ; SMS; Email; Print; Save; WENATCHEE — Becky Peters used to have a two-car garage. Now she’s got room for one car, one ATV, and a bitcoin server room. The nine servers in her Wenatchee home are busy day and ... The Chelan PUD’s fixed costs or “upfront charges” will help the Utility company cover the wear and tear on the infrastructures that power the systems, particularly the substations, which is the core component of the PUD. “So the upfront charges take into account the capacity that’s used by cryptocurrency miners,” Mohns noted. Read: Bitcoin Energy Consumption. Power Purchases. The ... Chelan PUD authorities have made it categorically clear that all Bitcoin miners who carry out their mining operations in accordance with PUD regulations are exempted from these fines. Commissioner Garry Arseneault reiterated that: “Heightened enforcement is aimed at ‘scoundrels,’ who are deliberating thwarting PUD regulations. I want to ...
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