The police in Kosovo have ramped up their efforts to crack down on crypto miners in the country, confiscating more than 300 mining machines on Jan. 8 alone.

An announcement issued by the Kosovo police on Jan. 8 revealed that it had seized 272 “Antminer” Bitcoin mining machines in the municipality of Leposavic, and another 39 mining machines near Prishtina.

The Kosovo Police confiscated 272 “Antminer” crypto mining machines in Leposavic on Jan 8. Source: Kosovo Police

Meanwhile, the police also stopped a driver carrying 6 crypto mining machines with 42 graphics cards (GPUs) near Druar, in Vushtrri. The driver has since been interviewed and released.

The Minister for Economy Artane Rizvanolli tweeted her support for the Kosovo police, writing: “Tens of thousands of Euros per month of taxpayers’ money is saved = energy for hundreds of Kosovar families during the crisis.”

Kosovo’s energy squeeze

In December, Kosovo declared a state of emergency for 60 days amid an energy crisis and electricity shortages. Since then, the Minister of Economy introduced a blanket ban on crypto mining on Jan. 5. Kosovo currently imports over 40% of its energy.

As previously reported by Cointelegraph, Bitcoin mining uses 101 TWh per year or more energy than the entire country of the Philippines. Despite this, miners are increasingly turning towards renewable energy sources, especially in the United States which has become the new hub for mining operations. 

According to Netherlands-based news platform The Paypers, crypto mining has been on the rise in Kosovo for some time. Until…

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