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Modelling of linguistic variables in multicriteria energy policy support


  • Doukas, Haris


The climate change and the increasing complexity of the energy sector along with the prerequisite for sustainability have broadened the energy policy shaping field by bringing out new challenges. Decision support tools and methods, such as Multicriteria Decision Aid (MCDA), are necessary for energy policy, in the pursuit of appropriate approaches necessary to support the restructuring of the energy sector, concerning patterns of energy extraction, generation, transformation and use, from unsustainable to sustainable forms of development. Papers devoted to the investigation of MCDA models using linguistic variables for energy policy support seem to be not available in the international literature. The scope of this paper is to explore different linguistic representation and computational models in MCDA that are or can be applied to energy policy support and to establish a clear linkage between them. This paper argues that MCDA methodologies with direct computation on linguistic variables can support energy policy frameworks, bridging the gap between energy policy makers thinking, reasoning, representation and computing. Finally, current trends, open questions and prospects in this topic are pointed out.

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  • Doukas, Haris, 2013. "Modelling of linguistic variables in multicriteria energy policy support," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 227(2), pages 227-238.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:227:y:2013:i:2:p:227-238
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2012.11.026

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