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4 Crypto Tokens Reap Hashpower From The Merge, ETC Secures Most Of The Hashrate Leaving ETH

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4 Crypto Tokens Reap Hashpower From The Merge, ETC Secures Most Of The Hashrate Leaving ETH

20 days ago, a poll was shared on Twitter asking miners where they planned to dedicate their hashrate, after The Merge transitions Ethereum into a proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain. The proof-of-work (PoW) contenders at the time were tokens like ravencoin, ergo, flux, and ethereum classic. When the poll concluded, flux and ravencoin outpaced the pack in votes, but reality shows ethereum classic has been the main beneficiary of hashrate so far.

Twitter Poll With More Than 10,000 Votes Chooses Flux, While Ethereum Classic Ends up Reaping the Benefits Stemming From The Merge

Ethereum Classic (ETC) is gathering most of the hashrate leaving Ethereum (ETH) as there are only four days left until The Merge. According to metrics recorded by 2miners.com, ETC’s hashrate reached an all-time high on September 8, 2022, tapping 53.29 terahash per second (TH/s).

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Ethereum’s hashrate has dropped below the 900 TH/s region and at the time of writing, the network hashrate is 883.78 TH/s. On August 20, 2022, the Twitter account Cryptovium published a poll that asks miners where they will dedicate their hashpower when The Merge is implemented.

“With the imminent PoS ETH Merge, I’m curious what all the miners out there are planning on moving their rigs to,” Cryptovium said. “Top PoW contenders seem to be RVN, FLUX, ERG, [and] ETC. Are you going with one of these or choosing something else?”

The final results of Cryptovium’s poll got 10,347 votes and flux (FLUX) received the most votes with 45.7%. The second most popular token with poll participants was ravencoin (RVN) with 27.3% of the votes, and ergo (ERGO) captured 22.1% of the poll’s votes.

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Ethereum classic (ETC) saw the lowest number of votes, as it recorded 4.9% of the 10,347 votes. Despite ETC being dead last on the social media survey, ETC has managed to become the main beneficiary of the hashrate leaving Ethereum.

ETC’s hashrate continues to break lifetime records and has done so at least five times during the last two weeks. RVN, FLUX, and ERG have seen small spikes in hashrate but nothing compared to what ETC has recorded during the last 30 days.

Ergo’s hashrate jumped 99.14% from 14.04 TH/s on September 2, to 27.96 TH/s on September 4. Since then, however, Ergo’s hashrate dropped 18.77% down to 22.71 TH/s. On September 5, Ravencoin’s hashrate was coasting along at 2.42 TH/s and since then it has increased by 70.24% to 4.12 TH/s.

Flux uses a solution called sol and performance is measured in sol per second. On September 3, Flux’s hashrate was 1.98 MS/s and it jumped 55.55% higher to 3.08 MS/s during the last six days.

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Although, Flux’s hashrate has slipped back down to the 2.28 MS/s range. While Flux was the winner of the social media poll published on Twitter, it was the loser in reality when it came to acquiring hashrate leaving the ETH network.

Price-wise, FLUX has risen 33.1% during the last seven days, ERGO is up 48.1% this week, and RVN has jumped 54% against the U.S. dollar during the last seven days. In terms of the past week’s gains, ETC saw the lowest rise against the dollar as the token has risen 19% during the past week.

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What do you think about the alternatives miners can choose to mine after The Merge goes into effect next week? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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Uzbekistan Introduces Monthly Fees For Cryptocurrency Companies

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Uzbekistan Introduces Monthly Fees For Cryptocurrency Companies

Crypto firms in Uzbekistan will have to pay fees to the state under new legislation proposed by regulators. The charges vary depending on the business activity and can reach $11,000 a month in the case of digital asset exchanges. Failure to pay will result in license suspension.

Crypto Operators in Uzbekistan to Be Charged Fixed Fees for Their Business Activities

Authorities in Uzbekistan have adopted a law which obliges entities working with cryptocurrencies to make special contributions to the state budget. The legislation, put forward by the country’s main crypto regulatory body, has come into force after registration with the Ministry of Justice, as required.

According to the bill authored by the National Agency of Perspective Projects (NAPP) under the President of Uzbekistan, licensed crypto companies will have to pay the charges each month. Different rates have been set for the various categories of cryptocurrency operators.

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Crypto exchanges, for example, will be charged the highest tariff of 120 million Uzbekistani soum (almost $11,000) while cryptocurrency stores will pay around $540, the Russian crypto news outlet Bits.media detailed in a report.

The tariff for individual miners will be around $270 per month and mining pools will have to transfer to the government a little over $2,700, at current exchange rates. At the same time, custodial service providers will enjoy the lowest fee — $135.

“Failure to pay the fee within one month constitutes grounds for suspension of the license. If the company does not pay the fee for two months within a year, the license may be canceled,” according to one of the law’s provisions. The NAPP will deduct 20% of each payment and the rest will go to the government coffers.

This year, Uzbek authorities have been quite active in their efforts to regulate the country’s growing crypto economy. In the spring, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree expanding the regulatory framework for the Central Asian nation’s digital currency market. It provided legal definitions for crypto assets, exchange, and mining, and assigned oversight duties to the NAPP.

In June, the government in Tashkent presented a set of new registration rules for companies involved in the extraction of digital currencies and obliged miners to use renewable energy. Following a spike in activities of online platforms providing crypto services to Uzbekistanis without a local license, the NAPP took measures to block access to foreign crypto exchange sites in August.

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Bill Aims To Limit Crypto Mining In Kazakhstan Only To Registered Companies

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Bill Aims To Limit Crypto Mining In Kazakhstan Only To Registered Companies

New legislation proposed in the parliament of Kazakhstan will allow only authorized miners to mint digital currency, if adopted. The draft has been designed to comprehensively regulate the industry and reduce what its sponsors label as uncontrolled consumption of electricity in the sector.

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan Submit Crypto Mining Law, Seek to Curb ‘Gray’ Mining

Members of the Mazhilis, the lower house of Kazakhstan’s parliament, have put forward a new bill introducing rules for the extraction of cryptocurrencies in the country. Under its provisions, only companies registered at the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) or non-resident entities that have agreements with licensed data centers, will be permitted to mine digital coins.

Kazakhstan became a magnet for crypto miners following China’s crackdown on the industry and the influx of mining businesses has caused a growing power deficit. AIFC, the Central Asian nation’s financial hub, is in the focus of government efforts to place the country’s growing crypto sector under oversight. Earlier this year, exchanges registered there were allowed to open accounts with local banks.

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The current procedure for notifying authorities of mining activities is voluntary, the crypto news outlet Forklog noted in a report on the legislative attempt. The process is regulated by an order issued by the minister of digital development. Only a third of all mining companies operating in Kazakhstan have registered, Member of Parliament Ekaterina Smyshlyaeva revealed.

“The uncontrolled use of electricity by ‘gray’ miners poses a threat to the energy security of Kazakhstan,” the lawmaker insisted. Smyshlyaeva added that the current legislation does not regulate the mechanism for the sale of the mined cryptocurrency or the role of local financial service providers and the circulation of digital assets. “The procedure for their production and the establishment of property rights to them are regulated only at sub-legislative level,” she explained.

According to Kazakhstan’s State Revenue Committee, the contributions of crypto mining entities to the state budget reached $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2022. In July, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed into law a bill amending the country’s Tax Code to impose higher tax rates on crypto miners. The levies now depend on the amount and average price of electricity consumed for the minting of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

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Russia To Supply Electricity To Kazakhstan’s Cryptocurrency Miners

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Russia To Supply Electricity To Kazakhstan’s Cryptocurrency Miners

Russia is preparing to provide Kazakhstan with additional energy needed to operate crypto mining farms in the Central Asian nation. New arrangements will allow Kazakhstan’s miners to buy electricity directly from the Russian power generation and distribution giant Inter RAO.

Miners in Kazakhstan to Source Energy From the Russian Federation

Crypto mining enterprises operating in Kazakhstan will be able to rely on electricity produced in neighboring Russia to power their energy-hungry hardware. To allow that, the two partnering nations will amend a bilateral agreement governing the coordinated operation of their energy systems.

The government in Moscow has already ordered the necessary changes and begun preparations to organize the supply of power for Kazakhstan’s crypto mining sector, the crypto news page of the Russian business information portal RBC unveiled.

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In accordance with the new arrangements, Inter RAO, which holds monopoly on the export and import of electricity in Russia, will be able to sell in Kazakhstan under contracts concluded on commercial terms directly with the mining firms working there.

With its low, subsidized electricity rates, Kazakhstan attracted numerous mining companies after the Chinese government cracked down on the industry last year. The subsequent surge in consumption was blamed for the power shortages and multiple breakdowns of the country’s aging energy infrastructure. In January, Kazakh authorities temporarily shut down around 200 mining facilities.

The state-owned Russian energy giant first started considering additional supplies to Kazakhstan last fall, when the country was expecting its electricity deficit to reach 600 megawatts amid increasing demand during the cold winter months after consumption neared 83 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in the first nine months of 2021.

At the time, Inter RAO criticized Kazakhstan for its capped tariffs which the Russian holding said had led to lack of funds for investments in modernizing and upgrading the country’s generation capacities and distribution network. Also, electricity imports were previously restricted in Kazakhstan, unless the national grid operator KEGOC identified a risk of shortages.

Lawmakers in Nur-Sultan have recently proposed a bill aiming to reduce what they describe as “uncontrolled use of electricity by ‘gray’ miners.” The new legislation seeks to reserve the opportunity to mint digital coins only for mining companies registered with the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC). If the law is adopted, foreign entities would only be allowed to mine under contracts with domestically licensed data centers.

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Do you think Kazakhstan will be able to solve its problems with power deficit and ensure sufficient electricity supplies for its crypto mining industry? Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.

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