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Title: JEDI: Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model

Abstract

The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models are user-friendly tools that estimate the economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation and biofuel plants at the local (usually state) level. First developed by NREL's researchers to model wind energy jobs and impacts, JEDI has been expanded to also estimate the economic impacts of biofuels, coal, conventional hydro, concentrating solar power, geothermal, marine and hydrokinetic power, natural gas, photovoltaics, and transmission lines. This fact sheet focuses on JEDI for wind energy projects and is revised with 2017 figures.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1364047
Report Number(s):
NREL/FS-5000-68551
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; Jobs and Economic Development Impact model; JEDI; wind energy economic development model; supply chain impacts; economic ripple effect

Citation Formats

. JEDI: Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
. JEDI: Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model. United States.
. 2017. "JEDI: Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1364047.
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