With its abundant natural resources and booming hydropower sector, Idaho is in an unusually strong energy position—in 2022, 75% of the state’s total electricity needs were being met by renewable energy sources. According to the 2023 report on the Idaho Energy Landscape, issued annually by the Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR), Idaho has 140+ hydroelectric power plants. Wind facilities provide for ~16% of the state’s electricity. And an estimated 13,550 MW of undiscovered geothermal power exists in the southern part of the state.
You can get involved by earning a practical/technical AAS degree at one of Idaho’s public colleges or universities. ISU’s Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC) is all about building up the state’s pool of energy engineering technicians. Or you can chat to folks in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), which combines expertise from ISU, BSU, UI, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). CAES runs mentorship programs, research experiences, and workshops for students.