Green energy tokens capitalize on Tesla’s decision to nix Bitcoin payments


After months of touting the benefits of Bitcoin (BTC) and blockchain technology, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shocked Crypto Twitter on Wednesday by announcing that the electric car company would suspend its accepting BTC as a form of payment, citing concerns related to the energy required to mine the top cryptocurrency. 

As Tesla issued its statement, Bitcoin, Ether (ETH) and a large segment of altcoins sold off sharply, but there were a few projects that found clever ways to capitalize off the mayhem by tweeting about the “green” nature of their networks, which require only a tiny fraction of the energy required to maintain the Bitcoin network.

HBAR/USDT vs. NANO/USDT vs. EWT/USDT 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Three of the biggest beneficiaries of the focus on energy consumption are Hedera Hashgraph (HBAR), Nano (NANO) and Energy Web Token (EWT). Each experienced double-digit gains on Thursday, while a majority of the cryptocurrency market was in the red.

HBAR/USDT

Hedera Hashgraph is a public network that was designed to be a fairer, more efficient system that seeks to overcome some of the limitations of earlier-generation blockchain platforms that struggle with slow performance and instability.

The network received support from an unlikely source on Thursday as Deepak Chopra, a well-known spiritual teacher and meditation advocate, responded directly to Musk’s tweet about discontinuing Bitcoin payments by discussing the low energy nature of the HBAR.

Further exploration of the project’s Twitter feed shows a litany of posts from various community members and project developers displaying the low energy cost of the Hedera network. This activity coincides with the Thursda spike in its price from a low of $0.226 to an intraday high of $0.41.

NANO/USDT

A second protocol that has jumped on the green energy wave initiated is Nano, a lightweight cryptocurrency designed to offer secure, near-instant payments with zero fees.

The project, along with members of its community, was quick to highlight Nano’s status as “one of the leading energy-efficient and eco-friendly cryptocurrencies of 2021,” which may have helped propel the token’s price 121% on Thursday from a low of $8.00 to a three-year high at $17.71.

NANO/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

EWT/USDT

Energy Web Token is a more obvious beneficiary of the refocus on environmental concerns, as it is the operational token behind Energy Web Chain, a blockchain protocol designed to facilitate application development for the energy sector.

While the project doesn’t focus specifically on payments, the protocol’s virtual machine has the potential to revolutionize the energy sector, as it is oriented toward grid operators, software developers and vendors.

The project responded to the recent announcement from Musk with the following tweet touting the protocol’s ability to decarbonize the global energy sector:

EWT rallied 75% from a low of $13 late on Wednesday to an intraday high at $22 before profit-taking pushed the price back below $18.

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