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James Carter

27 Jan 2023

Canadian Bitcoin Miner Sues Electricity Provider

The Bitcoin Mining Corporation Hut 8 from North America moved on with a lawsuit against one of its energy suppliers, Validus Power Corp, in Ontario. The case was filed earlier this week. On Thursday, Hut 8 took the essential step in the ongoing dispute that began in late 2022 by filing a “Statement of Claim” in the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. The conflict initially began in late 2022.

In a statement released by Hut 8, the company said, “Hut 8 and Validus have been under an ongoing disagreement due to Validus’ failure to meet its contractual commitments in the power purchase agreement (PPA) it entered into with the Company.” Hut 8 is looking for a variety of remedies, including the implementation of specific terms of the PPA as well as monetary damages that have been suffered as a direct result of the dispute.

Hut 8’s North Bay mining plant, which commenced operations in the latter half of 2021, has had Validus, an energy supplier based in Toronto, as its third-party supplier ever since. Most notably, North Bay is the third Bitcoin mining location that Hut 8 has established in the continent of North America. According to the statistics provided by Hut 8, it is home to more than 8,800 ASIC mining machines and has a hash rate of 0.84 EH/s.

Bitcoin Miner Vs Energy Supplier Dispute

The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) states that Validus is obligated to supply the Bitcoin mining operation in Northern Ontario with 100 megawatts (MW) of power. The power supply for the mining facility was initially 35 megawatts when it first opened. However, Validus needed to be more successful in meeting the demand for supplies at Hut 8, as was required under the agreement.

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Because there was insufficient supply and the cost of energy was so high, the Canadian Bitcoin Miner was forced to give Validus a notice of default in November of 2022. As a result of this, Validus retaliated by cutting off the energy supply to the mining operations that Hut 8 was conducting in North Bay. Hut 8’s incomplete payment status was cited in the default notification that was sent out by the provider, which explained why the supply was being cut off.

Hut 8 refuted the claim in an amendment to their statement. Since then, Hut 8 and Validus have continued their argument with one another. The recent legal action taken by the Canadian Bitcoin miner demonstrates the firm commitment that the company has to take an environmental, social, and governance (ESG)-centric path.