Chinese City Offers Rent Subsidies, Cash Rewards to Blockchain Businesses

Fuzhou, China is offering rent subsidies to blockchain businesses in a bid to accelerate the industry’s growth, the state-run People’s Daily reported on June 11. The incentive is part of three measures designed to help the sector, and will enable companies to receive up to 600,000 yuan ($86,800) in relief on rent bills per year for three years. Traditional companies will also be encouraged to build blockchain applications, and will be eligible to receive a 20% subsidy on the cost of their development. Projects that win awards for scientific and technological progress, or…

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Norway Withdraws Electricity Subsidies From Bitcoin Mining Farms

Norway has acting to end electricity subsidies for Bitcoin (BTC) mining facilities, Norway’s largest printed newspaper Aftenposten reported Nov. 21. Until now, mining farms — in keeping with other power-intensive industries — paid a low rate of 0.48 øre ($0.05) per kilowatt. This will now rise to 16.58 øre per kilowatt as of January 2019, following an amended to the state budget agreement. One vocal parliamentary representative for the Socialist Left Party (SV) Lars Haltbrekken is quoted as strongly advocating the action, arguing: “Norway can not continue to provide huge…

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