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Title: Effective energy data management for low-carbon growth planning: An analytical framework for assessment

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USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1396915
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DGZ-6-62031-01; DEAC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Energy Policy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 107; Journal Issue: C; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2018-01-11 18:04:19; Journal ID: ISSN 0301-4215
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United Kingdom
Language:
English

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Liu, Bo, Evans, Meredydd, Yu, Sha, Roshchanka, Volha, Dukkipati, Srihari, and Sreenivas, Ashok. Effective energy data management for low-carbon growth planning: An analytical framework for assessment. United Kingdom: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.03.059.
Liu, Bo, Evans, Meredydd, Yu, Sha, Roshchanka, Volha, Dukkipati, Srihari, & Sreenivas, Ashok. Effective energy data management for low-carbon growth planning: An analytical framework for assessment. United Kingdom. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.03.059.
Liu, Bo, Evans, Meredydd, Yu, Sha, Roshchanka, Volha, Dukkipati, Srihari, and Sreenivas, Ashok. 2017. "Effective energy data management for low-carbon growth planning: An analytical framework for assessment". United Kingdom. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.03.059.
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