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Paraguay’s Economy at Risk: Rising Electricity Costs Threaten $1.5 Billion Bitcoin Mining Sector

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  • Paraguay’s economy could lose up to $1.5 billion if increased electricity tariffs for Bitcoin miners are implemented.
  • Over 1,170 direct and numerous indirect jobs are at risk, potentially undermining trust in Paraguay’s legal and economic stability.

Economic Impact of Tariff Increases on Bitcoin Mining

Paraguay, known for its favorable energy costs, has become a hub for Bitcoin mining. The country hosts more than 50 contracts between the National Electricity Administration (ANDE) and various mining enterprises, including notable players like Digital Assets, Bitfarms, and Penguin Infrastructure. These agreements have positioned Paraguay as a significant player in the global technology sector.

However, recent proposals by ANDE to increase electricity tariffs by up to 16% for Bitcoin mining operations threaten to destabilize this growing industry. The Paraguayan Chamber of Digital Asset Mining (Capamad) argues that such increases would not only render the mining activities unsustainable but also risk significant economic contributions estimated at nearly $1.5 billion by the end of the year.

Sector Stability and National Confidence

Capamad has highlighted the potential for

“legal uncertainty and unprecedented loss of confidence in the Paraguayan state,”

should these tariff adjustments proceed. The concern extends beyond the direct economic implications, touching on the broader perception of Paraguay as a reliable and stable environment for international investors.

Currently, the industry supports 1,170 direct jobs and indirectly more through ancillary services and supply chains. The imposition of higher energy costs risks these employment opportunities, potentially leading to a notable increase in joblessness and a decrease in consumer spending.

Moreover, Paraguay’s strategy of selling excess energy at reduced rates to neighboring countries like Brazil and Argentina has been critiqued. This approach generates lower revenues compared to what could be achieved through the burgeoning Bitcoin mining sector. The situation has sparked debate among stakeholders, including Senator Salyn Buzarquis, who has criticized the government’s approach as potentially favoring illegal miners who evade electricity costs.


As the debate continues, the industry remains hopeful that the government will address these concerns, thus preserving the integrity and viability of Bitcoin mining in Paraguay. The sector’s future now hangs in the balance, with significant economic contributions and technological advancements at stake.

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