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    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.
     
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    I don't see that 84% figure in the linked story. Where'd that come from?
    You think their template for success could translate to other states too?
    Having a population of just 1.5 million probably helps.
     
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    Even more interesting is that Idaho is a Red state.
     
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    Top 10 Most - and Least - Green U.S. States - DailyFinance

    Hard to translate any one template from state to state. The geology, for Geo-thermal, the wind patterns, hydropower, and amount of sunshine varies significantly. However, for Geo-thermal, deep drilling will get hot rock almost anywhere in the US, provided you have the water to pump down to take advantage of that.

    With the continueing improvements on solar, it will become a major factor, particulary when deployed on existing structures.
     
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    The source is the ID chamber of commerce.... :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    A red state that is getting over 84% of the energy from alternative sources, and paying less for it than people in 46 of the other states. Kind of proves that even conservatives like to pay less for more. Of course, Conservatives will continue to insist that it cannot be done.
     
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    Idaho, Oregon
     
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    Could it be that you are lumping things together under alternative energy?

    Idaho gets over 85% of its electricity from hydroelectric, 1% from renewable. My wild guess is that the reason they have some of the lowest electricity costs in the nation is that the federal government paid for all of the hydroelectric plants in Idaho.

    EERE State Activities and Partnerships: Electric Power and Renewable Energy in Idaho
     
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    why we called this red state.
     
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    Why would you downplay the success of alternative energies anywhere? I don't understand this conservative attitude to be totally loyal to oil, and almost considers alternative energies as a threat to their 'master'? Energy is energy... why not be happy for the fact that Idaho is doing it, and if they can do it, cheaply, it is possible to do it everywhere. Fucking conservatism. Ungrateful of something truly good. Always vying to for big money. Just get out.
     

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