In this paper, we describe a strategic investment planning model for China's coal and electricity delivery system, including the related sectors of the economy that offer non-transport strategies for reducing the demand for coal transportation. The model has been developed for policy analysis by the World Bank and China's State Planning Commission in order to deal with China's recurring coal and electricity shortages. Various aspects of the modeling system are described, including its precedents in the literature, its strengths and weaknesses, and its applications. An Appendix contains the mathematical formulation of the model, which involves mixed-integer programming.
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- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Building and Construction
- Mechanical Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering