Jobs and Economic Development Impact Models (JEDI)


United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory
1 August 2012

The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models are user-friendly screening tools that estimate the economic impacts of constructing and operating power plants, fuel production facilities, and other projects at the local (usually state) level. JEDI results are intended to be estimates, not precise predictions.

Based on user-entered project-specific data or default inputs (derived from industry norms), JEDI estimates the number of jobs and economic impacts to a local area that can reasonably be supported by a power plant, fuel production facility, or other project. For example, JEDI estimates the number of in-state construction jobs from a new wind farm.

Jobs, earnings, and output are distributed across three categories:

1. Project Development and Onsite Labor Impacts
2. Local Revenue and Supply Chain Impacts
3. Induced Impacts

JEDI model defaults are based on interviews with industry experts and project developers. Economic multipliers contained within the model are derived from Minnesota IMPLAN Group's IMPLAN accounting software and state data files.