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Title: Economic Impacts from Wind Energy in Colorado Case Study: Rush Creek Wind Farm

Abstract

This economic impact analysis of the Rush Creek Wind Farm 1) quantitatively modeled the gross economic impacts at the Colorado state-level and four-county region and 2) engaged with community members to draw specific insight on how wind development impacts their local economy. This study also provides useful insights on the economic impacts supported by Colorado's wind energy manufacturing and supply chain. The Rush Creek Wind Farm was Colorado's largest wind energy project in 2018. Jobs, gross domestic product, gross economic output, and earnings were estimated using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) model. Researchers also engaged with communities near the Rush Creek Wind Farm to collect empirical economic data as well as first-hand knowledge of community-level impacts during wind farm construction. The case studies and qualitative research in this report provide context for the quantitative JEDI model results - describing the economic impacts to rural communities.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Colorado State University
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:
1562447
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-5000-73659
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; wind energy; economics; JEDI; jobs; rural economic development; wind manufacturing; qualitative research; stakeholder engagement; rural communities; Rush Creek Wind Farm

Citation Formats

Stefek, Jeremy C, Kaelin, Anna, Tegen, Suzanne, Roberts, Joseph O, and Keyser, David J. Economic Impacts from Wind Energy in Colorado Case Study: Rush Creek Wind Farm. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1562447.
Stefek, Jeremy C, Kaelin, Anna, Tegen, Suzanne, Roberts, Joseph O, & Keyser, David J. Economic Impacts from Wind Energy in Colorado Case Study: Rush Creek Wind Farm. United States. doi:10.2172/1562447.
Stefek, Jeremy C, Kaelin, Anna, Tegen, Suzanne, Roberts, Joseph O, and Keyser, David J. Tue . "Economic Impacts from Wind Energy in Colorado Case Study: Rush Creek Wind Farm". United States. doi:10.2172/1562447. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1562447.
@article{osti_1562447,
title = {Economic Impacts from Wind Energy in Colorado Case Study: Rush Creek Wind Farm},
author = {Stefek, Jeremy C and Kaelin, Anna and Tegen, Suzanne and Roberts, Joseph O and Keyser, David J},
abstractNote = {This economic impact analysis of the Rush Creek Wind Farm 1) quantitatively modeled the gross economic impacts at the Colorado state-level and four-county region and 2) engaged with community members to draw specific insight on how wind development impacts their local economy. This study also provides useful insights on the economic impacts supported by Colorado's wind energy manufacturing and supply chain. The Rush Creek Wind Farm was Colorado's largest wind energy project in 2018. Jobs, gross domestic product, gross economic output, and earnings were estimated using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) model. Researchers also engaged with communities near the Rush Creek Wind Farm to collect empirical economic data as well as first-hand knowledge of community-level impacts during wind farm construction. The case studies and qualitative research in this report provide context for the quantitative JEDI model results - describing the economic impacts to rural communities.},
doi = {10.2172/1562447},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {9}
}

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