Noise was another issue, which was the subject of extensive discussion in July 2018. The Bonner mining operation was forced to replace 144 fans after locals complained about the noise.
Under the new zoning laws, facilities can only be present in light industry and heavy industry districts.
Regarding the last two points, it was best understood that large cryptocurrency miners rarely overtax machines to the point of overheating, Maneta said.
Utilities the county worked with, including NorthWestern Energy, were also not concerned about their ability to have service issues associated with increased demand for electricity.
The county took a deep look at fires caused by overheating machinery and even considered fires caused by overtaxed transformers and other parts of the power grid that may have had the potential to spark.
Driven by cheap energy
It remains to be seen whether a new cryptocurrency mine will settle in Missoula County.
Cheap energy is the main reason cryptocurrency operations have flocked to Montana and western Washington in recent years. China and the Republic of Georgia are other major areas of cryptocurrency mining.
One of the most commonly mined currencies is Bitcoin, which is currently worth around $ 56,257 per bitcoin. A year ago this time, a bitcoin was worth around $ 7,000. Bitcoin also peaked in December 2017 at around $ 19,000, which sparked much of the original conversation about the need for tighter zoning regulations.