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Multi-Criteria versus Data Envelopment Analysis for Assessing the Performance of Biogas Plants

Reinhard Madlener (), Carlos Henggeler Antunes () and Luis Dias
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Carlos Henggeler Antunes: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computers, University of Coimbra and INESC Coimbra, Rua Antero de Quental, 199, Coimbra, Portugal

No 06-49, CEPE Working paper series from CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich

Abstract: This paper compares multi-criteria decision aiding (MCDA) and data envelopment analysis (DEA) approaches for assessing renewable energy plants, in order to determine their performance in terms of economic, environmental, and social criteria and indicators. The case is for a dataset of 41 agricultural biogas plants in Austria using anaerobic digestion. The results indicate that MCDA constitutes an insightful approach, to be used alternatively or in a complementary way to DEA, namely in situations requiring a meaningful expression of managerial preferences regarding the relative importance of evaluation aspects to be considered in performance assessment.

Keywords: Multi-criteria decision analysis; DEA; Renewable energy; Biogas (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2006-07
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