Thanks to its extensive renewable energy resources, Idaho generates most of its electricity from renewables – 70%, to be exact.1
Hydropower, in particular, is a significant contributor to the state’s energy portfolio, producing close to half of Idaho’s electricity.2
However, the state has much more to offer than hydropower. Idaho’s geothermal energy generation is 6th in the U.S.,3
and its wind energy industry grew by a whopping 35% in 2013.4
Yet, the state has no renewable portfolio standard, no statewide net-metering policy, and moreover, Idaho's public utility commission recently reduced PURPA contracts for renewable energy from 20 years to 2 years.5
Consequently, Idaho’s clean energy industry is somewhat stalled. Without more adaptive, innovative energy policy, Idaho's energy economy may not exhibit sustained growth moving forward.
Learn more about energy in Idaho with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States