Wind power in Idaho

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Wind turbines in Idaho

Wind power in Idaho has the potential to provide all of the electricity used in the U.S. state of Idaho.

Notable projects[edit]

At 450 MW, the Goshen South Wind Farm in Bingham county is proposed as the largest wind farm in the state. A total of an additional 2,200 MW of wind farms are either proposed or under construction, in addition to the operating 618 MW.

Capacity[edit]

Idaho Wind Generation Capacity by Year
Megawatts of installed generating capacity[1][2]

Installed[edit]

Wind power accounted for 8.2% of total electricity generated in Idaho during 2011.[3] The graph at left shows the growth in wind power installed nameplate capacity in MW for Idaho since 2005.[4][5]

Potential[edit]

Idaho wind resources

In early 2010, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory released the first comprehensive update of wind energy potential by state since 1993, showing that Idaho has the potential to install 18,000 MW of wind power, capable of generating 52,000 million kWh/year.[6] Idaho used 23,085 million kWh in 2011, so Idaho has the potential to generate all energy used in the state from wind and solar power[7] - 4,000 million kWh/year from rooftop solar panels, and 3,500,000 million kWh/year from concentrated solar power plants.[8]

Wind generation[edit]

Idaho Wind Generation (GWh, Million kWh)
Year Total Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2009 313 21 18 25 24 22 17 14 19 21 33 34 38
2010 441 29 24 35 43 36 28 24 26 26 57 69 78
2011 1,308 90 120 132 140 120 110 82 81 65 122 143 105
2012 1,821 191 133 197 155 148 139 99 100 100 162 158 244

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Idaho Wind Generation in 2011

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