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2020Talks - March 31, 2020 

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ID Energy Report: Homegrown is Best

July 16, 2008

Boise, ID – Homegrown energy can help Idaho shield its residents from volatile global energy markets. According to a report released today, the Gem State has tremendous renewable energy resources that are largely untapped. It's potentially very good news for a state that doesn't contain any fossil fuels and currently imports 80 percent of its energy.

The study, commissioned by the nonprofit group Climate Solutions, shows Idaho could meet half of its energy needs by aggressively developing wind, solar, biomass and geothermal sources, as well as improving energy efficiency.

Rich Rayhill, vice president of the Idaho wind development firm Ridgeline Energy, believes locally produced power also can mean thousands of new jobs and more money for agriculture. And, he points out, the research shows that Idaho is a top state for wind power potential -- although the "winds of fortune" may not be immediately obvious.

"You can have very little or no wind, standing on the ground, but up where the blades are spinning, there may be tremendous wind -- you're just not aware of it from where you're standing. The hesitancy about wind power from folks, I think, is that it's a new resource, but it's a proven resource all around the world."

He also cites famous oilman T. Boone Pickens, who is investing $10 billion in a Texas wind energy project, as an example of those who are jumping onto the alternative energy bandwagon.

The report recommends that state lawmakers take bold steps to tap into Idaho's renewable energy sources. It can be viewed online at

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - ID