A new group has emerged to advocate for the U.S. crypto mining industry and to address the concerns of policymakers about its environmental impact.
The Digital Energy Council, which was founded on Aug. 15, aims to promote policies that foster the development of both digital asset mining and energy.
The council is led by Thomas Mapes, who has extensive experience in the energy sector. He was formerly the director of energy at the Chamber of Digital Commerce and the chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of International Affairs.
He told Cointelegraph that he saw the need for a unified voice for digital asset miners in Washington, as they are a vital part of the energy system.
He said that crypto miners can provide various benefits to the grid, such as supplying energy during peak demand or buying excess energy that would otherwise be wasted.