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The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models, developed through the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), are freely available, user-friendly tools that estimate the
potential economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation projects for a range
of conventional and renewable energy technologies. The Transmission Line JEDI model can be
used to examine questions about the economic impacts of transmission lines in a given state,
region, or local community. This Transmission Line JEDI User Reference Guide was developed
to provide basic instruction on operating the model and understanding the results. This guide also
provides information on the model's underlying methodology, as well as the parameters and
references used to develop the cost data contained in the model.
Based on inputs from the user, JEDI estimates total economic activity job creation, earnings,
and output-for a given transmission line project. This includes the onsite, supply chain, and
induced economic impacts associated with construction and maintenance. JEDI uses project cost
and local1 content data gathered from actual transmission line projects, literature review, and
input from industry professionals. Economic impacts are estimated using economic multipliers
derived from IMIPLAN software.
1 "Local" refers to the region of analysis. This is discussed in greater depth in sections 5 and 6.3.
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Goldberg, M. & Keyser, D. Transmission Line Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model User Reference Guide, report, October 2013; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc866128/m1/4/: accessed February 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.