Idaho, nicknamed the Gem State, has a vast amount of open space, wilderness and hunting which attracted Ernest Hemingway to settle in Sun Valley to work on his novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, in 1939.
Idaho is our next stop in the United States of Energy series, ranking number 1 in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other US states averaging $7.99 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants in the state include hydroelectric, natural gas and geothermal with renewable energy potential. Idaho is one of the few states to use conventional motor gasoline statewide. Hydroelectric power plants supply roughly four-fifths of Idaho’s electricity generation.
In Boise, the statehouse and other buildings in the city are geothermally heated from underground hot springs. Idaho has hot springs scattered throughout the state. However, the state’s world famous hot springs are located in Lava Hot Springs. Soda Springs, one of Idaho’s other hot springs, claims to have the largest man-made geyser in the world.
Did you know? The world’s first nuclear power plant is located at the Idaho National Environmental and Engineering Laboratory (INEEL), near Arco, Idaho. The Atomic Energy Commission offered the town of Arco electricity generated by atomic energy in 1953.
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