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An Analysis of the Economic Impact on Box Elder County, Utah, from the Development of Wind Power Plants

An Analysis of the Economic Impact on Box Elder County, Utah, from the Development of Wind Power Plants

File: An Analysis of the Economic Impact on Box Elder County, Utah, from the Development of Wind Power Plants

Date: 8/31/2006

Location: UT

The purpose of this report is to provide information for decision-makers by quantifying the likely economic impact of wind development in Box Elder County, Utah using an input-output economic model developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) called the "Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model," hereafter referred to as the JEDI Model. Using basic information about a wind project (e.g., size of facility, etc.) and county-level multipliers and personal expenditure patterns, JEDI calculates the project cost (i.e., specific expenditures), as well as the number of jobs, income (i.e., wages and salary), and total related economic activity that a wind project will stimulate. The economic analysis for Box Elder County was conducted for four feasible wind project size scenarios by their capacity in megawatts (MW): 10 MW, 20 MW, 30 MW, and 50 MW. This analysis may interest city, county, and state government officials; wind developers; renewable energy advocates; landowners and members of the agricultural community; and other stakeholders contemplating decisions about Utah's and Box Elder County's energy, environmental, and economic future.

This information was last updated on September 14, 2006