Idaho has substantial wind energy potential in the Snake River Plain. Today, the region hosts 541 wind turbines with a total capacity of 973 megawatts (the same size as a major coal plant) that generate 15% of Idaho’s in-state electricity. That’s enough energy to power 224,000 homes! Wind power creates no emissions and uses virtually no water while providing a clean, local alternative to fossil fuels.
How ICL Encourages Use of Idaho’s Wind Resources
- ICL engages with utility planners and regional allies to foster reforms to the transmission system and energy markets
- ICL seeks ways for customers to choose wind generation over fossil fuels on their power bills.
Wind turbines may not spew pollution, but they do have towers that are hundreds of feet tall with blades sweeping across the sky. Birds can be struck and bats may suffer barotrauma when flying near the spinning blades. Other species, like sage grouse, will abandon the area around wind developments, thereby shrinking their habitat.
To protect habitats, ICL focuses on putting wind energy in its place, and not in special places where local flora and fauna are at risk. ICL supports statewide standards for wind turbine siting that protect wildlife and landscapes. We encourage private landowners to study and mitigate potential impacts to birds, bats, and other wildlife.