The Energy Supply program of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is concerned with factors affecting prices and availability of energy, especially as they affect the planning of research and development in new electricity-related technologies. Understanding the future behavior of coal supply and prices is of particular interest to EPRI, and to electricity planners, because coal and nuclear energy are expected to be the two principal energy sources for electricity generation for the remainder of this century. After two decades of stagnation from the end of World War II to the mid-1960s, the coal market has entered a phase of rapid growth in a complex, uncertain context of increased government regulation, changed labor supply and transportation conditions, increased attention to western producing areas, and potential use of coal as a feedstock for synthetic fuels. Planners and decision makers in the electric utility industry, in other coal-related industries, and in government must evaluate their short- and long-term strategies in a context of uncertainty, imperfect tools, and incomplete information for analysis and forecasting of fuel availability and prices. Many efforts are underway to increase understanding of energy markets in general and coal supply in particular. This study is part of this overall effort and is intended for use both by individuals wanting to make more-informed judgments about future trends in coal prices and by specialists developing improved data systems and highly sophisticated models of coal markets. (ERA citation 03:016562)

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    CAMBRIDGE, MA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

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  • Pagination: 212 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00176109
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM