Talen Energy Scores $175M for Data & Crypto Mining Operations

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In Brief
  • The company turns to renewable energy, data, and crypto.

  • Orion Energy Partners supported the company with $175 million.

  • The world of crypto mining barrels through doubts and scrutiny.

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Power producer, Talen Energy Corp. received $175 million for expansion into renewable energy, data collection, and crypto mining. 

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The otherwise financially troubled energy producer signed a six-year deal with Orion Energy Partners in a company revitalization effort. Talen Energy Corporation scored $175 million in the deal, with $125 million up front. The remainder of the funds will be dispersed as the company meets specified goals. 

Talen, backed by Riverstone Holdings, has plans for a transformation into a renewable energy producer. In doing so, it will also open a data center and cryptocurrency mining operation. This comes as the entirety of the mining community seeks out more sustainable methods of functionality.

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In addition, Orion receives a non-voting equity stake in the entity which holds the data center and mining facility, Cumulus Digital LLC. 

Crypto Mining Concerns

One of the biggest qualms in the crypto space comes from the mining community. The cries for more sustainable methods of mining come from both inside the crypto world and environmental activists

Moreover, entire countries made their stance clear on mining over the last year. Most notably is China’s major cleaning spree of crypto mining facilities across the country, over the last year. Iran also clamped down on mining operations, though allowed them once more after four months of zero action. 

Recently in Canada, one of the country’s eco-friendly mining operations went public. TSX Venture Exchange out of Toronto listed under the ticker “SATO” in commemoration of the founder of bitcoin. Additionally, the contested Greenidge mining operation went public on September 15th of this year. 

Greenidge received a lot of press and community questions about the environmental concerns raised from its operations. However, in the continuing eco-friendly trend of the community, the mining operations said it plans for full carbon neutrality by the end of 2021. 

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Savannah Fortis is a multimedia journalist covering stories at the intersection culture, international relations, and technology. Through her travels she was introduced to the crypto-community back in 2017 and has been interacting with the space since.

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