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Energy Security: Using Multicriteria Decision Analysis to Select Power Supply Alternatives for Small Settlements

  • A. Tkachuk
  • Z. Collier
  • A. Travleev
  • V. Levchenko
  • A. Levchenko
  • Y. Kazansky
  • S. Parad
  • I. Linkov
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)


Selecting an effective energy strategy for military installations and small towns is a challenge given the variety of climate, geographical, economic, and social conditions as well as military mission needs. This chapter illustrates a multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) framework for energy infrastructure planning and technology selection that can be applied to energy security, climate change impacts, and other related uncertainties. The decision model frames the problem in terms of the power plant life cycle, including plant development, commissioning, operation, and decommissioning. Metrics associated with technical, economic, sociopolitical, ecological, and human health risks are considered for each life cycle stage. These criteria and metrics are developed and quantified based on available literature data and expert judgments, and are applied to a realistic case study.


Analytical Hierarchy Process Wind Farm Expert Judgment Human Health Risk Life Cycle Stage 
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The authors are grateful to Christopher Karvetski and Matthew Bates for their review and suggestions. This effort was sponsored in part by the USACE Civil Works Basic Research Program by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and the Department of Army Installation Technology Transfer Program. Permission was granted by the USACE Chief of Engineers to publish this material. The views and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the individual authors and not those of the U.S. Army, or other sponsor organizations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Tkachuk
    • 1
  • Z. Collier
    • 1
  • A. Travleev
    • 2
  • V. Levchenko
    • 3
  • A. Levchenko
    • 3
  • Y. Kazansky
    • 4
  • S. Parad
    • 5
  • I. Linkov
    • 1
  1. 1.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development CenterConcordUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor TechnologyKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Simulation Systems Ltd.ObninskRussia
  4. 4.Obninsk State Technical University for Nuclear Power EngineeringObninskRussia
  5. 5.Natural and Social Science Interface, Institute for Environmental DecisionsETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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