Planning task E: Analysis and optimization

At this step in the planning process the decision maker and all stakeholders involved in the planning process must analyse and evaluate alternatives according to their performances in different criteria.
Optimization in this context means finding the alternative that satisfies best the planning objective(s) taking into consideration all constraints involved. We have seen previously that planners must make decisions based on several several criteria: economy, efficiency, safety, environmental impact or public opinion. 

The usual way of analysis is to try to monetize all relevant criteria and then choose the alternative with the best economic performances. However finding monetary values for public opinion, personnel safety or environment impact is a difficult if not impossible task. In these situations new methods such as multi-criteria decision analysis methods (MCDA) may offer better decision support in planning. We therefore promote here a new framework for advanced decision aid in which traditional tools (such as energy system simulation tools) can be used in a multi-criteria setting.

In the menu above you can find links to various decision-support procedures and techniques and by browsing through the case-studies you can find examples on how these tools are applied in different planning settings.

Published August 3, 2012


Contact: Gerd Kjølle, SINTEF Energy Research