Is the DOE Crypto Mining Data Request an Opportunity for Energy Innovation or for Political Opportunists?

As someone who’s served at the Department of Energy (DOE), I believe the orders offer some key opportunities. While most of the mining community agrees the requests are politically motivated by certain members of Congress, the EIA statute directs agencies to pursue information gathering functions in support of requests from Congress, the DOE and others. Some of the questions are standard for the data gathering process and could help promote adoption of a much-needed uniform, consistent reporting framework for our burgeoning industry.