As competition in the global renewable energy market increases and US unemployment rates remain high, new energy investments are being scrutinized more and more for their ability to create jobs and contribution to the US economy. NREL jobs analysis work focuses on understanding how investments in clean energy technology deployment impact jobs creation and economic output at the national, state and community level.
NREL's jobs analyses studies show that:
- Targeted investments in wind and solar projects can result in positive jobs creation and return on investment at national and state levels
- Investments impact all sectors of the economy—construction, equipment and material suppliers, supporting manufacturers, service providers such as restaurants, retailers, childcare providers among others
- Even rural, sparsely populated regions can experience economic development activity from investment in solar and wind projects
Highlights of Recent Studies
Texas: Wind Energy Projects Impact Assessment
This study estimated state and local impacts of two Texas wind projects (1.4 GW total) completed in 2005-2008 as follows:
- 4,100 jobs created during 4-yr construction period and 350 jobs annually during 20-yr operation
- Total economic impact over 20-yr life estimated at $1.8 billion statewide and over $730 million to local communities (100-mi range of wind sites)
To find out more about this study, please download:
Economic Development Impact of 1,000 MW of Wind Energy in Texas
Find out more about NREL's Jobs Analysis Approach (Tools, Models and Data):
- Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (JEDI) Input/Output (I/O) Model used to calculate gross jobs (direct, indirect and induced), earnings and economic outputs within a region or state resulting from construction and operation of RE installations.
- Model inputs were based on literature review of publicly available data, along with interviews and conversations with various developers and industry.
Find out more about other published jobs analysis studies:
- Lantz, E.; Tegen, S. (2011). Jobs and Economic Development from New Transmission and Generation in Wyoming. 73 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-50577.
- Reategui, S.; Tegen, S. (2008). Economic Development Impacts of Colorado's First 1000 Megawatts of Wind Energy. 25 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-500-43505.
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