The Ethereum price rocketed 25% higher in March. Here’s why

Ethereum’s pending shift to proof of stake from proof of work is drawing a lot of crypto investor interest.

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Key points

  • The Ethereum price gained 25% in March 
  • The European Union voted against legislation limiting the use of many cryptos 
  • Investors are eyeing the potential benefits of Ethereum's coming shift to a proof of stake protocol 

The Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) price started off the month trading for US$2,737.

Ethereum finished March worth US$3,424, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

That puts the Ethereum price up an impressive 25% in March. And it went a long way to erasing the painful losses suffered in the first 2 months of the year. As of last night, the world’s number 2 token by market cap was down 12% year-to-date.

So, what moved the Ethereum price in March?

Like its big brother Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC), the Ethereum network still relies on a proof of work (PoW) consensus protocol. And that method uses a tremendous amount of energy, as we covered here today.

The Ethereum price thus got a healthy lift in mid-March when the European Union voted against imposing a virtual ban on crypto miners using PoW protocols.

The coming ‘Merge’

Now Ethereum is planning on shifting to a proof of stake (PoS) protocol later this year. The cryptos designers have been busily testing the process.

PoS will see Ethereum transactions become faster, cheaper, and – perhaps most importantly in a world intent on decreasing carbon emissions – a lot less energy intensive.

The coming shift also has some crypto analysts predicting a big move higher for the Ethereum price.

In March, Kain Warwick, founder of derivatives trading system Synthetix, went so far as to forecast Ethereum will almost triple from its current levels. He expects to see it at US$10,000 before the end of 2022.

According to Warwick:

New people wanting to swap dollars for Ethereum and build on top were finding the fees completely prohibitive. But there has been so much work done on scaling the Ethereum blockchain that there is a really credible case for new entrants where it is viable for them to transact.

The upgrade to PoS, also called ‘The Merge’ is expected to move forward by mid-year.

On the first day of April, the Ethereum price is down 4.5% to US$3,267.

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