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Whether you're a lifelong Idahoan or a transplant just now settling in, chances are you've probably had a moment or two like this:You're driving down Capitol Boulevard in Boise or camping along the Salmon River and you've seen something that makes you wonder, What's up with that?Maybe it's as simple as, "Why are there so many Abraham Lincoln statues in downtown Boise?"Or maybe it's more complicated, like, "What are the pros and cons of bringing the F-35 to Boise?" Wanna Know Idaho is a people-powered podcast from Boise State Public Radio's newsroom that is driven by YOUR curiosity. We can't make this podcast without you.Here's how it works: You submit your questions to Wanna Know Idaho. After we collect questions, we'll let the public vote on the one they want us to answer most. Then, a reporter will investigate the winning question and we'll share what we learn on the podcast.Let's get started! Share your questions below, and subscribe to the podcast here.00000176-d8fc-dce8-adff-faff73380000

What's The Deal With Geothermal Energy In Idaho?

Heath Druzin
Boise State Public Radio
Mile 16 Hot Springs outside of Cascade, Idaho.

Idaho is rich with geothermal activity. The state boasts dozens of natural hot springs for soaking, some close to city centers and others a hike away. But when Wanna Know Idaho listener Ted Eisele moved to Idaho in 1980, it wasn’t the natural hot springs that caught his attention about geothermal. What really blew him away was the fact that Idaho’s state buildings — like the Capitol and the state Supreme Court — were heated using geothermal systems. 


Ted had a lot of questions:


How is the water utilized for heating in an efficient and cost-effective manner? What kind of money does that save the state of Idaho? Is there a danger of the resource being over utilized?

In this latest episode of Wanna Know Idaho we talk with John Chatburn, the administrator of Governor Little’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources and Dr. Travis McLing, a research scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory to answer Ted’s questions, and so much more. 

Here's what they had to say: 

What Gem State curiosity should we look into next? That's up to YOU. Submit what you want to know below and you could be featured in an upcoming episode.

Until next time, stay curious Idaho!


Thanks to Boise music project ‘Up is the Down is The’ for the awesome theme music. Check the project out on Spotify and Bandcamp.

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