Petroleum Refinery Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model User Reference Guide

Yi Min Zhang, Marshall Goldberg

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models, developed through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), are user-friendly tools utilized to estimate the economic impacts at the local level of constructing and operating fuel and power generation projects for a range of conventional and renewable energy technologies. The JEDI Petroleum Refinery Model User Reference Guide wasdeveloped to assist users in employing and understanding the model. This guide provides information on the model's underlying methodology, as well as the parameters and references used to develop the cost data utilized in the model. This guide also provides basic instruction on model add-in features, operation of the model, and a discussion of how the results should be interpreted. Based onproject-specific inputs from the user, the model estimates job creation, earning and output (total economic activity) for a given petroleum refinery. This includes the direct, indirect and induced economic impacts to the local economy associated with the refinery's construction and operation phases. Project cost and job data used in the model are derived from the most current cost estimationsavailable. Local direct and indirect economic impacts are estimated using economic multipliers derived from IMPLAN software. By determining the regional economic impacts and job creation for a proposed refinery, the JEDI Petroleum Refinery model can be used to field questions about the added value refineries may bring to the local community.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Work performed by MRG and Associates, Nevada City, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-6A20-60657


  • economic development impacts
  • jobs
  • petroleum refinery


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