MODELS AND METHODOLOGIES FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

The purpose of this report is to locate models and methodologies relevant to assessing the impact of energy-development projects on local communities. The most important community service areas impacted are: housing, transportation, solid waste, water supply, waste water treatment, recreation, education, health care, and public safety. This report surveys the major land use, transportation, economic-demographic, and simulation models and methodologies to analyze their performance vis-a-vis data requirements, model validity, and ease of use. In reviewing models and methodologies, one finds that most of what exists was not designed specifically for evaluating energy development impacts. The overwhelming majority of the models developed to date were designed for forecasting and managing orderly growth in a large urban environment. However, energy development projects do not normally contribute to orderly growth. Moreover, a large number of the communities impacted are small and rural rather than large and urban. As a result, the models and methodologies reviewed in this report, although representative of what is currently available, are not purported to be ideally suited for energy development impact planning in their present form.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Energy Research and Development Administration

    Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation
    Washington, DC  USA  20545
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Pagination: 41 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181070
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: EA-77-C-10-0037
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM