A Data Envelopment Analysis Model for Evaluating the Effects of Pollution Control Methods on Hazardous Air Emissions from Coal Power Plants

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2012

Project Description/Abstract

We have made progress towards our research goals. The data used in this project was the result of a multimillion dollar collection effort undertaken by the EPA to set limits on air pollutants from power plants. This data has significant untapped value and to our knowledge, there is no published academic research based on it. This is likely due to the complexity and messiness of the data. We wrote software to overcome these challenges and to create an extract which was analyzed using SPSS. These results were presented at 2013 CARS Celebration and our working manuscript will be submitted for publication in spring 2014. Using the EPA data, we wrote a teaching case whereby students learn about the consequences of inadequate data modeling. This was presented at the Information Systems Educators (ISE) Conference in 2013 and published in the proceedings. The revised case will be submitted to the ISE Journal.

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