Idaho tops a ranking of Western U.S. states in terms of renewable power generation, according to a ranking released by the Geothermal Energy Association.
“When you consider both baseload and intermittent renewable power, Idaho is a leader,” says Karl Gawell, executive director of the association.
This ranking is being distributed in support of the first Baseload Renewable Energy Summit, being held in Reno, Nev., June 7-8. The event is hosted by GEA, the National Hydropower Association and Biomass Power Association to explore the role of baseload renewable technologies in a low-carbon future.
“As the Western states move toward a low-carbon future, the role and outlook for all renewable power technologies needs to be examined,” Gawell stated. “Finding the right mix of technologies is an important question for decision-makers to explore if the Western states are going to find the least-cost, minimum impact path to a low carbon future.”
Below is the ranking:
Western States Renewable Power Ranking
Ranking State % all renewables* % baseload renewables**
#1 Idaho 82% 64%
#2 Washington 76% 70%
#3 Oregon 74% 61%
#4 Montana 45% 38%
#5 California 30% 18%
#6 Alaska 29% 26%
#7 Nevada 19% 15%
#8 Colorado 17% 3%
#9 Hawaii 12% 6%
#10 Wyoming 11% 2%
#11 New Mexico 9% 0%
#12 Arizona 8% 5%
#13 Utah 4% 2%
*2014 generation wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower as percentage of total
**2014 generation geothermal, biomass and hydropower as percentage of total
Source: GEA, 2016, based upon data from EIA September 2015.