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A multiple criteria decision making approach for electricity planning in Spain: economic versus environmental objectives

P. Linares, C. Romero

Growing social concern about the environmental impact of economic development has drawn attention to the need to integrate environmental criteria into energy decision-making problems. This has made electricity planning issues more complex given the multiplicity of objectives and decision-makers involved in the decision making process. This paper proposes a methodology that combines several multi-criteria methods to address electricity planning problems within a realistic context. The method is applied to an electricity planning exercise in Spain with a horizon time set for the year 2030. The model includes the following objectives: total cost, CO2, SO2 and NOx emissions as well as the amount of radioactive waste produced. An efficient social compromise between these conflicting objectives is obtained.


Keywords: Multiple criteria decision making; energy; environmental studies; compromise programming


Journal of the Operational Research Society. Volume: 51 Issue: 6 Pages: 736-743

Journal Impact Factor: JCR impact factor 1.396 (2017)

DOI reference: DOI icon 10.1057/palgrave.jors.2600944    

Published on paper: June 2000.


    Topics research:
  • *Long-term strategic analysis
  • *Analysis of sustainable energy policies

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