The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models were developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
The JEDI model is used to estimate the economic impacts of constructing and operating power plants, fuel production facilities and other projects at the local, state or regional level. JEDI models exist for the following fuel sources and facilities:
The default inputs can be used or you can enter your own project-specific inputs into JEDI to estimate the number of jobs and economic impacts that can be supported by the power plant or facility. JEDI outputs are total jobs supported, earnings (wages and salary) and output (value of production), and these are further divided into different categories. You can learn more about the Offshore Wind JEDI model by referring to the User Reference Guide. Models are publically available for download.
The offshore wind JEDI model is a simple and easy to use tool that can allow you to create your own scenarios and offshore wind projects and observe the magnitude of jobs and economic output supported by these projects. It is very important for you to remember the limitations of the JEDI model:
Offshore wind energy is a major opportunity to provide clean, stable-priced energy using a domestic renewable resource while supporting local jobs and economic development. Many states along the Atlantic Coast are competing to become the leaders of this industry. While competition is good to drive down costs, a coordinated regional approach could realize the full potential of the industry. Some of the benefits include:
In the summer of 2012, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory sponsored four regional offshore wind JEDI studies in order to test and refine the JEDI model. The CWE was tasked with beta-testing the offshore JEDI model for the Southeast Region in 2012 (DOE Factsheet) and the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2013 (DOE Factsheet). The scope of the projects were to develop a number of realistic and justifiable scenarios for how the offshore wind industry could look like from 2020 until 2030 and to apply JEDI analysis to these scenarios.