Energi Mine Launches Phase Two of Its EnergiTokens Rewards Platform

  • UK-based blockchain energy company Energi Mine has today launched phase two of its EnergiTokens rewards platform
  • The platform provides financial incentives for energy-saving behaviour in the form of cryptocurrency.

UK-based blockchain energy company Energi Mine has today launched phase two of its EnergiTokens rewards platform, providing a financial incentive for energy-saving behaviour in the form of cryptocurrency.

Following the successful launch of the platform in May of this year, this second phase introduces a management dashboard for approved vendors, allowing them to manage clients and distribute tokens. Consumers using these vendors will be given the power to interact with them directly as they continue to earn ETK and trade it in for rewards.

Currently, users of the EnergiToken rewards platform can use their ETK to pay their energy bills, charge electric vehicles, or exchange it for fiat currency. Actions that earn ETK include taking public transport, reducing energy waste in the workplace, and purchasing energy-efficient appliances.

It launches in English today, with Japanese and Korean language versions launching on 6th August, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese versions following soon after on the 13th.

Cultivating a culture of energy efficiency is seen as key to reducing a number of environmental issues, such as pollution. The Energi Mine release comes as three Chinese cities appeared in the latest list of the world’s ten most polluted cities, including its capital city Beijing. In a speech at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, President Xi Jinping praised blockchain technology as a potential solution to environmental issues within the country.

Meanwhile, Energi Mine is continuing to establish partnerships with major organisations. Earlier this year, it partnered with Manchester-based FuseX to launch an e-card debit card. This will allow customers more freedom in how they spend their ETK, allowing them to effectively spend it anywhere.

More recently, Energi Mine announced a relationship with the Energy Managers Association to conduct a three month trial of the ETK rewards platform with Network Rail, the UK’s railway infrastructure operator. The initiative, which rewards Network Rail employees for saving energy in the workplace, is part of Energi Mine’s strategy to disrupt the $2 trillion global electricity market and ensure mass adoption of ETK.

Omar Rahim, CEO of Energi Mine said:

We are extremely happy with the progress to date. This latest update will expand the possibilities open to those using the Energi Mine rewards platform. Whether it is through allowing consumers and vendors to interact more freely or in giving vendors more control over transactions – Energi Mine is taking another important step towards creating a fully functioning ecosystem to incentivise energy efficient behaviour.

Omar Rahim

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Those Banned From Facebook May Not Be Able to Use Its Cryptocurrency Libra

Facebook’s two days of congressional hearings on the social media giant’s cryptocurrency ambitions seemingly revealed that those who have been banned from Facebook may not have access to Libra.

During the congressional hearing Facebook had to answer some tough questions, and one of them came from Representative Sean Duffy, which asked the company’s cryptocurrency head, David Marcus, who’ll have access to Libra.

The Congressman initially asked Marcus who could use the cryptocurrency, to which Calibra’s CEO answered: “anyone that can open a Calibra account, that can go through KYC [know-your-customer checks] in countries where we can operate.”

Duffy then referenced two individuals banned from Facebook for violating its community guidelines, Louis Farrakhan and Milo Yiannopoulo, and asked whether they’ll be able to use the social media giant’s cryptocurrency.

Marcus ended up replying he doesn’t “know yet,” after seeing Duffy hold a $20 bill and ask hin who can use it. His point was that cash doesn’t discriminate, and that anyone who can hold it can use it.

While throughout the hearing Marcus tried to point out the company will follow appropriate regulations and comply with lawmakers, Duffy responded that a proper answer would be “as long as you abide by the law, you can use Libra.” The fact he didn’t get this answer, Duffy said, gave him “great pause.”

Speaking to The Daily Beast Elka Looks, a Facebook spokeswoman, clarified Marcus addressed the Congressman’s concerns later on in the hearing. She stated:

For Libra, anyone who is engaging in lawful activity will be able to transact on the network. Facebook will have no say. For Calibra, there is no policy in place yet, but we will share it when it is closer to being finalized.

The news outlet adds that Calibra, Facebook’s wallet to send, receive, and hold Libra, doesn’t yet have final terms of service or a privacy policy. All of this means that those who’ve been banned on Facebook may not have access to its cryptocurrency.

As CryptoGlobe covered, Congressman Warren Davidson implied during the hearings Facebook’s crypto is a ‘shitcoin’ as it doesn’t have some of the properties bitcoin has. The Congressman made it clear bitcoin has no central authority that can censor transactions or dilute its value, while Libra has the Libbra Association.