Duke Energy, the second-largest energy company in the U.S., is considering bitcoin mining, planning to integrate the activity into its demand response strategy.
The firm has already prepared a winter peak demand report that focuses on power reliability and bitcoin.
The organization will use its microgrid, with a variety of power sources, to conduct test runs with multiple levels of miners.
A Duke Energy official said that there are actually several bitcoin miners already operating on the network.
Several U.S. states are using the idea of demand response as part of improving energy supplies and minimizing outages. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, for example, is inviting cryptominers to work in the state, noting that they can bolster the power grid with the above programs.
Bitcoin mining has been criticized for its excessive energy consumption, leading to environmental degradation. As such, critics of the industry argue that the sector should be abolished.
However, initiatives such as demand response avoid putting a strain on existing energy infrastructure.