Coal supply forecasts are used by EPRI to assess the potential of new technologies and by member utilities for strategic planning. Developing realistic coal price--quantity relationships for technology assessment is one type of activity in the EPRI Energy Supply Program, and providing information on coal markets and coal forecasts to member utilities is another. To support activities such as these, EPRI is developing a computerized Coal Supply Analysis System (CSAS). The CSAS contains procedures for developing coal analyses and a data base to support them. The procedures include methods to estimate available coal resources, coal extraction costs, coal preparation costs, and regional coal supply functions, and to support price and production forecasts. The basic data base includes information on coal resources (resources, production), coal mining technology, and coal prices. Procedures are supported by data bases containing information developed from the basic data files or from other procedures in CSAS or other systems (demand, transport). Because CSAS supports analyses produced on a regular basis as well as special analyses, the system should provide flexibility for unanticipated analyses as well as cost-effective methods for frequently used procedures. To provide this capability, there should be a flexible data base management system, a variety of programming languages under a common operating system, and the ability to access nonresident programs. (ERA citation 04:049469)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Charles River Associates, Incorporated

    200 Clarendon Street, John Hancock Tower
    Boston, MA  United States  02116
  • Publication Date: 1979-5

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  • Pagination: 198 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312519
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM