Idaho is really serious about alternative energy. 84% of the energy used there is derived from alternatives, and yet they have the third lowest energy costs of the states. How does that line up with that endlessly repeated Conservative conundrum about alternative energy about alternative energy pricing everybody out of the market? Renewable Energy in Idaho : Idaho Department of Commerce Idaho: The Home of Renewable Energy Idaho is serious about renewable energy. The Gem State is a perfect testing ground for renewable energy technologies, and already alternative energy manufacturing companies are moving in to tap Idaho's outstanding business climate. This is not surprising, considering the state boasts a variety of elements that make it a viable laboratory and manufacturing center for the next step in power generation. Two of those elements include the Idaho National Laboratory and Idaho's consistent rank as #1 in the nation for patents per capita and manufacturing investment. Combined with Idaho having the third lowest energy costs and being fifth best in long-term employment growth, it's no wonder that Idaho's renewable energy manufacturing base is on the rise.