Developing the framework for multi-criteria assessment of smart local energy systems

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Francis, C., Sierra Costa, A., Thomson, R. C. and Ingram, D.M. (2020). Developing the framework for multi-criteria assessment of smart local energy systems. energy evaluation europe.
AuthorsFrancis, C., Sierra Costa, A., Thomson, R. C. and Ingram, D.M.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

In response to the climate emergency, energy landscapes are rapidly shifting to cleaner, decentralised
smart local energy systems (SLESs). SLES will facilitate connection of transport, heat and power through flexible
energy supply, demand and storage options supported by digital technology. SLESs are expected to contribute
to tackling the energy trilemma (cost, security and sustainability), but there is also scope for them to offer many
co-benefits aligned with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These benefits may
drive for ongoing political and financial investment in SLES; therefore, there’s a need to indicate how a SLES is
performing over time relative to each of them. Currently, there is no standardised approach to evaluate SLES and
most of the existing techno-socio-economic tools have limited scope to assess the complex multiple performance
indices, scenarios and stakeholders.
The Innovate UK-funded EnergyREV research consortium is developing a multi-criteria assessment tool
(MCA) for SLES. This paper describes the first step in this process – developing a simplified and standardised
framework for assessing the performance of the system and the realization of benefits. It explores existing
protocols and stakeholder opinion to identify 50 potential factors that are important in monitoring the system
performance. These are clustered into 10 key themes to create a taxonomy for SLES performance that are aligned
with relevant UN SDGs to track wider co-benefits. The resulting MCA tool will be instrumental to project
stakeholders in providing evidence to support performance claims and identifying potential benefits beyond
targeted key performance indicators.

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