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Is small beautiful? A multicriteria assessment of small-scale energy technology applications in local governments

Burton, J. and Hubacek, K. (2007) Is small beautiful? A multicriteria assessment of small-scale energy technology applications in local governments. Energy Policy, 35 (12). pp. 6402-6412. ISSN 0301-4215

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In its 2003 White Paper the UK government set ambitious renewable energy targets. Local governments and households have an increasing role in the overall energy system as consumers, suppliers of smaller-scale applications and citizens discussing energy projects. In this paper, we consider if small-scale or large-scale approaches to renewable energy provision can achieve energy targets in the most socially, economically and environmentally (SEE) effective way. We take a local case study of renewable energy provision in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees in Yorkshire, UK, and apply a multi-criteria decision analysis methodology to compare the small-scale schemes implemented in Kirklees with large-scale alternatives. The results indicate that small-scale schemes are the most SEE effective, despite large-scale schemes being more financially viable. The selection of the criteria on which the alternatives are assessed and the assigned weights for each criterion are of crucial importance. It is thus very important to include the relevant stakeholders to elicit this information.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Energy Policy. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > School of Earth and Environment (Leeds) > Sustainability Research Institute (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2008 15:01
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2007.08.002
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.enpol.2007.08.002
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4805

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