Idaho’s citizens and businesses benefit from stable and secure access to affordable, clean forms of energy while the state continues to lead the nation in nuclear research.

Home to the Idaho National Lab, designated by the Department of Energy as the nation’s lead nuclear research facility, Idaho researchers are developing, testing and demonstrating new fuels and materials, reactor systems, plant monitoring and safety systems, and waste management options.

Idaho’s energy sector is a significant economic driver directly and indirectly employing over 27,000 workers across 1,400 firms in a diverse range of industries including utilities, research and development, professional services and manufacturing.

Summary
Total Workforce (2016) 46,284
Percentage of Total Idaho Covered Jobs 6.41%
Average Annual Total Earnings per Worker (2016) $83,458
Total Establishments (2015) 3,886

The Idaho National Lab, Center for Advanced Energy Studies and Nuclear Leadership

Idaho National Laboratory’s science-based approach to nuclear energy research yields technically achievable, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable options for the entire nuclear energy enterprise in areas like…

  • Advanced Nuclear Fuels
  • Nuclear Reactor Systems
  • Safety and Risk Assessment
  • Materials Management
  • Space Power Systems

Additionally, The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) is a research and education consortium led by the INL with member institutions Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho and University of Wyoming who are on a mission to promote the effective and efficient use of energy resources through cutting-edge research, effective outreach, and accessible education.

LINE Commission and Pro-Energy Policy

The state of Idaho views affordable and reliable energy resources as a competitive advantage for Idaho businesses and as a priority for Idaho government. Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and the Idaho Legislature have worked together to craft and implement energy policies that sustain and grow this advantage for the benefit of the people and businesses of Idaho.

The Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission 2.0 was created by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter through Executive Order 2013-02. LINE 2.0 is charged with implementing and overseeing progress on recommendations from the original LINE Commission (LINE 1.0). Governor Otter extended the work of LINE 1.0 in March 2013 after it completed its initial scope of work. The LINE 1.0 Commission identified a robust and expansive nuclear industries sector in the state—anchored by the Idaho National Laboratory—that consists of more than 20 firms that employ thousands of Idahoans, contribute millions of dollars to Idaho’s general fund.