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The network is continuing very well along each block, but the average hash rate has taken a decent hit over the past month, dropping 17.4% from the recent all-time high. Much of the hash leaving the network that we are seeing is due to 1) the hash rate following a lower bitcoin price as older machines become unleasable on margin and 2) the impact of the recent heatwave in United States and reduction, especially in Texas. As energy demand soars during the summer months and electricity prices rise with it, we can expect periods when industry-wide miners halt the rate of hash in accordance with their electricity agreements.
There are only a handful of times in Bitcoin history where we have seen the hash rate drop this much. Yet it is still up 13.93% this year, while the price of bitcoin is down 56%.
As a result, the adjustment of the known its most difficult downward revision (5.1%) since the Chinese mining ban, which was the third consecutive downward adjustment and the fourth of the last five periods. of two weeks (technically: blocks of 2016). This is a welcome sign for the profitability of miners who can stay online. With the adjustment and the recent rally in price from the lows, the hash price rebounded 48% from its lows to back above $0.10 (at least for now).
Marginal bitcoin production cost estimates for some of the largest public bitcoin miners range between $6,000 and $10,000, which mostly accounts for electricity costs. As they use some of the most efficient new generation equipment on the market, the production and pure electricity costs are much higher for the entire network. Created by Charles Edwards, an estimate of the total cost of Bitcoin network electricity currently sits around $16,000. It’s rare to see bitcoin fall below this rising electricity cost estimate throughout its history, but it’s already happened.