The power consumption of the bitcoin network has become quite a hot topic lately, especially among the opponents of cryptocurrencies.
According to the researcher’s energy problems at the University of Pittsburgh Katrina Kelly-Pete, a discussion about the energy consumption of the bitcoin network is moving in the wrong direction.
Kelly-Pete says that all who talk about this issue do not understand the foundations of systems of renewable energy sources:
Electricity production can increase in scale, while maintaining minimal impact on the environment. Instead of focusing on how much energy is used in the bitcoin network, the discussion should focus around what is the source of this energy.
Kelly Pete did not contest a huge amount of electricity needed for the bitcoin network, but also notes that the entire banking system consumes “about 100 terawatts”, and it is three times more than the bitcoin network.
Even if the size of the cryptocurrency market will grow to 100 times, the total power consumption does not grow more than 2 percent of total energy consumption.
According to Kelly-Pete, the focus should be aimed at reduction of environmental damage in the production of electricity for the bitcoin network.