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Watts & Blocks Podcast - Ep. 15 Bitcoin Mining and Renewable Energy

Ep. 15 Bitcoin Mining and Renewable Energy

Watts & Blocks Podcast

On today's show, my guest is Chris O’Donnell. Chris is the Director of Power & Environmental Strategy at CWP Energy Solutions. CWP aims to help clients optimize revenues and mitigate risks associated with renewable and energy storage investments. They achieve this through services including AI-enabled Active Asset Management, Computing Infrastructure Optimization, Battery Storage Optimization, and Price Certainty Products/Project Valuation Advisory. With a customizable and client-focused approach, CWP Energy Solutions strives to ensure your portfolio is managed effectively and your assets are protected from market risks. Chris is also coming to the conversation with nearly a decade of power industry trading and business development and so his perspectives on how bitcoin mining is starting to enter the renewable energy scene is a valuable one.

During today’s show, Chris and I talk about how his company’s mandate to build out a renewable energy book was what actually facilitated the move into working with bitcoin miners; we also talk about how Chris’s perspective on the next 2, 5, and 10 years of evolution in the energy industry and how bitcoin mining will play a role in that; We discuss what the hell the duck curve actually is, how it might be coming for ERCOT, and how bitcoin mining can help smooth out that demand curve; and finally we wrap up the discuss on what challenges Chris foresees in the convergence of the energy industry and the bitcoin mining industry in the near future. This was one of my more enjoyable conversations for the show, Chris and I could have easily cracked another beer and recorded a whole other hour talking about all of this.

Today’s podcast is brought to you by our sponsor, the Texas Blockchain Council; a bitcoin-first nonprofit industry organization working to make Texas the jurisdiction of choice for bitcoin mining and blockchain innovation. They will be hosting North America’s premiere policy conference for the bitcoin and digital asset ecosystem on November 15-17 in Fort Worth Texas. For more information, please visit their website at texasblockchaincouncil.org

Support for today's show comes from SunnySide Digital, the leading wholesale distributor of data center and digital mining hardware and infrastructure.. Contact their sales team today at [email protected].

bitcoin, cryptocurrency, mining, energy consumption, renewable energy, sustainability, power grid, blockchain, technology, innovation, business, finance, investment, climate change, environment, energy efficiency, electricity production, utility companies, power companies, energy industry

05/31/23 • 61 min

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