The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Energizing Idaho

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 5, 2016

With no oil production and only modest natural gas output, Idaho relies on pipelines from producing states and Canada for its oil and gas supplies. Even so, petroleum is the leading energy source in the state, accounting for 30.5 percent of all energy use. Natural gas use accounts for another 18 percent of total use.

idaho_thumbnailClick on the thumbnail for a two-page energy infographic for the Gem State.

Pipelines bring petroleum products from refineries in Utah and Montana, and some products from refineries on Puget Sound in Washington state are piped to Portland, Ore., then shipped by barge up the Columbia and Snake rivers into Idaho, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Hydroelectric power supplied most of the state’s net electricity generation (56 percent) in 2015, while natural gas accounted for 23.5 percent. Wind is a significant electricity generator in Idaho, with biomass and geothermal making contributions, too.

Idaho illustrates once again the all-of-the-above nature of American energy. The U.S. is the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas, and oil and gas anchor the energy needs of the national economy and state economies. At the same time, other energy sources are important contributors in the daily effort to supply Americans with the power and fuels they need.

America’s oil and natural gas renaissance is helping our economy and making us safer in the world. Sustaining and growing this domestic production requires pro-development policies that increase access to reserves while taking a commonsense approach to regulation and oversight. Page 2 of the Idaho infographic contains a chart contrasting the benefits of a pro-development approach with the potential negative impacts of policies characterized by regulatory constraints.

This concludes our 50 states of energy series – illustrating that energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. No matter which state you’re in, safe and responsible energy development is linked to your individual prosperity and liberty, as well as our nation’s security.


Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.