Idaho tops list of Western U.S. states in terms of renewable power generation

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.

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