ALBANY, NY (WENY)-- Last year Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a two-year moratorium on fossil fuel generated cryptocurrency mining. Almost a year later some lawmakers said this legislation is achieving it's goal. 

“It was very important to make sure the retired power plants were not converted to other cryptocurrency mining operations so in that way it did absolutely do what it was intended to do,” said Assembly Member Anna Kelles (D-Assembly District 125).

The legislation established a two-year moratorium for issuing or renewing permits for proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining operations housed by fossil fuel burning power plants. 

The legislation also requires the New York State Department of Environmental conservation to conduct a study on the the environmental impacts of cryptocurrency mining operations and how they impact New York's climate change goals. 

The State Department of Environmental Conservation continues to review impacts on future cryptocurrency mining on greenhouse gas emissions and co-pollutants, water and ecosystems, and public health. 

The study's impact will be published when it's complete. 

Some advocates said the study will shed light on critical elements related to climate change. 

“One of the fundamental issues with proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining is that it is hugely energy consumptive. And at the end of the day, we don’t need to have proof-of-work to also have cryptocurrency,” said Elizabeth Moran, New York Policy Advocate with Earth Justice.