RESEARCH NEEDS IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF ENERGY

A number of research needs are enumerated in this address. One as a major research task is to assess the demand for energy transportation by origin-destination, by energy type, by mode, and by time frame. Another question is the economic regulatory impediments to or economic regulatory protections needed to insure that energy materials move and are developed at the socially optimal level. A major research task would also be to investigate the economic cost of noneconomic regulations (e.g. safety and environment). A need is also felt for an investigation of the appropriate funding base for transporting energy materials. Both a macro and a micro study of optimal modal investment are needed. On a macro basis this relates to such questions as rail verses slurry pipelines. On a micro basis it relates to keeping branch lines open versus highway improvements. Analysis on lowest resource costs is necessary with externalities internalized. The interdependence between modes is also important. Because of economies of density, the possibility exists that diversion of energy traffic from rail may impose higher costs an other rail users. Likewise, the inability of rail to win new energy transportation (artifically-through regulatory restrictions) may mean that shippers are deprived of these economies of density. This interdependence needs to be investigated through a seneca type of analysis. type of analysis.

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  • Accession Number: 00315320
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM