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Evaluation of thermal power plant operational performance in Taiwan by data envelopment analysis

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  • Liu, C.H.
  • Lin, Sue J.
  • Lewis, Charles
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    Electricity is essential in the economic development of a nation. Due to the rapid growth of economy and industrial development in Taiwan, the demand for use of electricity has increased rapidly. This study evaluates the power-generation efficiency of major thermal power plants in Taiwan during 2004-2006 using the data envelopment analysis (DEA) approach. A stability test was conducted to verify the stability of the DEA model. According to the results, all power plants studied achieved acceptable overall operational efficiencies during 2004-2006, and the combined cycle power plants were the most efficient among all plants. The most important variable in this DEA model is the "heating value of total fuels". Findings from this study can be beneficial in improving some of the existing power plants and for more efficient operational strategies and related policy-making for future power plants in Taiwan.

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    Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (February)
    Pages: 1049-1058

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    Keywords: Operational efficiency Data envelopment analysis Thermal power plant;

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