Greenidge Bitcoin Mining

Greenidge is an old coal power plant with an already bad environmental history. Once mothballed, it was converted to a gas fired plant for use as a “peaker plant”- toonlybe used when excess energy was needed by the public, and not run continually. Now, its out of state owners at Atlas Holdings want to expand operations by proposing an increase of 700% from historical use for a privately owned bitcoin operation which would consume enough power to fuel 93,000 homes. That’s bigger than 2 of Amazon’s immense data centers; all so 2 Private Equity guys in Connecticut can generate 5 bitcoins per day. Greenidge is using a 67-year old steam turbine that operates at 35% efficiency and should have been retired decades ago (by comparison modern turbines operate at 65% efficiency).

Negative Impacts of this expansion include:
- Increased Harmful Algal Blooms on Seneca Lake
- Harm to aquatic life in the lake
- Increased noise that travels throughout county and across the lake
- Negative impact on tourism and the overall economy of the Finger Lakes
- Reduced property values in Yates County and beyond
- Reduced tax base in Yates County, negatively impacting county services including fire, police, schools
- Increased greenhouse gas emissions, with no regulation, in the midst of climate crisis
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Greenidge Bitcoin Fracked Gas Power Plant

Action Toolkit

Here are some tips and tools to help us fight the expansion of the Greenidge plant.

FLX Call To Action

Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Expansion

"In a matter of days, the Town of Torrey Planning Board will make a decision that could have ramifications for the Finger Lakes that go far beyond their town or county’s borders. They will be faced with deciding whether to heed the recommendation from Yates County and hundreds of concerned citizens to reject Greenidge’s gas-powered bitcoin mining expansion.

Call Cuomo About Greenidge Fracked Gas Power Plant

Join us as we make as many calls to Governor Cuomo as possible TODAY as part of a statewide "Call Cuomo Monday" initiative (you can also make these calls all week!).

Greenidge Gas Bitcoin Mining Plant Expansion

Immediate Action Required

Please submit comments to/ call/ plan to attend the meeting at the Yates County Planning Board!

This Finger Lakes power plant wants to add a Bitcoin mine

With water being traded on the stock exchange, the Finger Lakes continues to fight to protect the largest water body solely within the state’s borders — Seneca Lake — from a savvy new Bitcoin deal that has far-reaching implications across New York.

Sign Letter to Governor Cuomo re: Greenidge permits

Please urge Governor Cuomo to immediately revoke the existing air and SPDES permits for Greenidge gas-powered facility’s power generation and use. Below, please find the link to a letter to Cuomo for you to sign.

Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Expansion

Background

Greenidge is an old coal power plant with an already bad environmental history. Once mothballed, it was converted to a gas fired plant for use as a “peaker plant”- toonlybe used when excess energy was needed by the public, and not run continually. Now, its out of state owners at Atlas Holdings want to expand operations for a privately owned bitcoin operation which would consume enough power to fuel 93,000 homes. That’s bigger than 2 of Amazon’s immense data centers.

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