Cryptocurrencies... there are over 1,500 of them with names like tattoocoin, potcoin, anarchistprime, and bitcoin. Ridiculous names aside, the mining of these phantom currencies is resulting in a meteoric rise in energy consumption. There is a direct proportion between the number of coins mined and the amount of energy required to mine them. In fact, the way things are coded, energy-per-coin ratios will increase as more coins are mined. If cryptocurrencies don't crash and burn, the electrical grid will.