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An Analysis of State-Level Economic Impacts from the Development of Wind Power Plants in Summit County, Utah

An Analysis of State-Level Economic Impacts from the Development of Wind Power Plants in Summit County, Utah

File: An Analysis of State-Level Economic Impacts from the Development of Wind Power Plants in Summit County, Utah

Date: 10/7/2009

Location: UT

The economic analysis contained in this report focuses on the Porcupine Ridge site in Summit County that has been identified as a potential site for wind power development by the Utah State Energy Program's anemometer loan program. This analysis draws on information from local wind developers and utilizes the Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to estimate the total economic impacts (labor, supply chain, and induced) that could result from the development of Porcupine Ridge. Findings detail how the Porcupine Ridge wind power plant could benefit the state in terms of job opportunities (during construction and operations), lease payments to landowners, property tax revenues for local schools and communities, and overall economic output for the state.

This information was last updated on October 07, 2009