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Author Gottinger, H. W.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY ♦ ENERGY ♦ COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS ♦ TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT ♦ DECISION MAKING ♦ NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS ♦ NUCLEAR FACILITIES ♦ POWER PLANTS ♦ THERMAL POWER PLANTS 290200* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Economics & Sociology ♦ Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy TechnologiesAssessment of Energy Technologies(-1989) ♦ Energy Planning & PolicyNuclear Energy
Abstract Analyzing alternative solutions to technical problems and weighing the consequences has an increasingly fashionable name: technology assessment. When the problem concerns a subject as multifaceted as energy, in which technology, economics, resource allocations, and social goals all interact, it becomes extremely difficult to balance costs and benefits and reach a social consensus. A comprehensive approach to ETA is suggested to comprise the following elements: (1) a taxonomy of technical, economical an environmental options within a hierarchically organized mobile; (2) applying multi-criteria decision analysis on each level of the mobile; and (3) a GPS-like program that amounts to a balancing procedure, a trade-off, or an on-line benefit-cost analysis along the mobile path, from the bottom up. A first tentative approximation of the analysis in the issue of energy provisions by nuclear power plants is presented.
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1981-09-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Int. J. Policy Anal. Inf. Syst.
Volume Number 5
Issue Number 3
Organization MEDIS, Munchen 81


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