Idaho Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Idaho Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance: Executive Order (EO) 2009-05

Hydraulic fracturing: Idaho Rules of Administrative Procedures of the Attorney General (IDAPA)

Regulatory Agencies

Idaho Office of Energy Resources Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance

Idaho Department of Lands Oil and Gas Commission

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date the federal government’s involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. In general, Idaho has followed the lead of the federal government, although an executive order has stated a renewable energy goal and established an entity to oversee the development of a renewable energy portfolio.

Hydraulic fracturing is permitted in the state and is subject to disclosure requirements. see the national section ENERGY for more information on the practice of hydraulic fracturing.

Administration and enforcement. Idaho Office of Energy Resources oversees the development of renewable energy resources in the state. The Idaho Department of Lands’ Oil and Gas Commission oversees the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in the state.

State Requirements


EO 2009-05

The Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance was formed under EO 2009-05 and charged with “the development of a sound energy portfolio for Idaho that includes diverse energy resources and production methods, that provides the highest value to the citizens of Idaho, that ensures quality stewardship of environmental resources, and that functions as an effective, secure, and stable energy supply.”

The energy portfolio will ...

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