Exploring the challenges in developing a multi-criteria assessment for smart local energy systems

Christina Francis*, Bjarnhedinn Gudlaugsson*, R. Camilla Thomson, David Ingram

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Several countries worldwide, including the United Kingdom, are investing in and introducing policies to foster the development and deployment of Smart Local Energy Systems. Smart Local Energy Systems are complex and socio-technical, with a wide range of stakeholders and multiple social, technical, environmental and economic aims. It is, therefore, essential to develop a standardised assessment tool to monitor the implementation of these systems and their social, technological, environmental and economic benefits and impacts. This paper presents work related to the development of such a multi-criteria assessment tool, with a focus on exploring and identifying the challenges of applying multi-criteria assessment to the development and deployment of Smart Local Energy Systems. The research involved semi-structured interviews with relevant expert stakeholders concerning six core assessment themes and corresponding key performance indicators. The results provide insights into the challenges of applying multi-criteria assessment to Smart Local Energy Systems and highlight the complex nature of these systems. Furthermore, stakeholder burnout (due to too many stakeholder engagement activities), data collection issues, and the broad definition and/or limited scope of assessment criteria were identified as the principal challenges faced in developing such an assessment tool, potentially affecting the reliability of its outputs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2022
EventEnergy Evaluation Europe 2022: Beyond COP26 and Fit-for-55: how energy evaluation can inform a fair path to carbon neutrality - Paris, France
Duration: 28 Sept 202230 Sept 2022
https://energy-evaluation.org/2022-europe-conference/

Conference

ConferenceEnergy Evaluation Europe 2022
Abbreviated titleEEE 2022
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period28/09/2230/09/22
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