Job and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model

August 19, 2011

The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models are user-friendly tools that estimate the economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation at the local and state levels.

Based on project-specific or default inputs (derived from industry norms), JEDI estimates the number of jobs and economic impacts to a local area that could reasonably be supported by a power generation project. For example, JEDI estimates the number of in-state construction jobs from a new wind farm.

JEDI models are used by county and state decision-makers, public utility commissions, potential project owners and others interested in the economic impacts from new electricity generation projects.

JEDI was first developed by Wind Powering America to model wind energy impacts. It has been expanded to analyze concentrating solar power, biofuels, coal, and natural gas power plants.

JEDI's user-friendly design allows novices to explore jobs and economic impacts from construction and operation of power plants. Advanced users can incorporate specific data to tailor model inputs and refine conclusions from model output.

Read more about how the Models work, download the models for free, understand the output, and get answers to questions about using the model.

More Information

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  • Costanti, M. (September 2004). "Quantifying the Economic DevelopmentImpacts of Wind Power in Six Rural Montana Counties Using NREL's JEDI Model(PDF 946 KB)."
  • Goldberg, M.; Sinclair, K.; Milligan, M. (March 2004). "Job andEconomic Development Impact (JEDI) Model: A User-Friendly Tool to CalculateEconomic Impacts from Wind Projects (PDF 417KB)." Preprint; to be presented at the 2004 Global WINDPOWERConference; Chicago, IL, USA; March 29-31, 2004.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (March 2004). "Job and EconomicDevelopment Impact (JEDI) Model (PDF 1 MB)." Brochure.