Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI)

Capability Title Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI)
Laboratory National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Capability expert Yimin Zhang (NREL)
Description The JEDI model estimates jobs, earnings, and output distributed across three categories, i.e., direct, indirect and induced effects, supported by biorefinery construction and operation. This estimation can either be based on user-entered project-specific data or default data and includes project development and onsite (direct) labor impacts, local revenue and supply chain (indirect) impacts, and induced Impacts. More information can be found at:
  • Lack of data – can be estimated using surrogate information
  • Uncertainties in process design and overall costs – evaluate impacts with sensitivity analysis
  • Gross effects – a reference or business-as-usual can be defined for comparison to understand the potential net effects.
Unique aspects Capable of estimating direct, indirect, and induced employment effects associated with scale-up of new technologies.
Availability The analysis team is available for consultation with industry and academic partners.
Citations/references Zhang, Y., Goldberg, M., Tan, E., Meyer, P.A. 2016. Estimation of Economic Impacts of Cellulosic Biofuel Production: a Comparative Analysis of Three Biofuel Pathways. Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining, vol. 10, issue 3, pp. 281-298.