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Energy Supply Preferences as Multicriteria Decision Problems: Developing a System of Criteria from Survey Data

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Centre for Energy Research, Konkoly-Thege M. út 29-31., 1121 Budapest, Hungary
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Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Sociology Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence, Tóth Kálmán u. 4., 1097 Budapest, Hungary
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Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Fő u. 44-50., 1011 Budapest, Hungary
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Institute for Computer Science and Control, Kende u. 13., 1111 Budapest, Hungary
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Energies 2020, 13(15), 3767; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153767
Received: 12 June 2020 / Revised: 17 July 2020 / Accepted: 18 July 2020 / Published: 22 July 2020
Decision support techniques have a key role in investment and strategic decisions in the energy sector. As complex decision-making problems involve the simultaneous consideration of an extensive set of different factors, it is an essential part of the methodology to define, structure, and integrate the criteria. The main purpose of the study was to develop a system of criteria and weights that are suitable for general application in the energy sector and can best describe the decision-making mechanisms present in society and various social groups. When developing the system of criteria, we moved away from the hierarchical approach related to the three pillars of sustainability; therefore, a wide range of notions were assessed based on a population representative survey data collected in Hungary. We used algebraic methods to explore the internal structure of the set of criteria that had been previously defined by means of social sciences, while the importance weights were specified by applying the method of analytic network process. Furthermore, the ranking of heating and electricity generation alternatives were determined. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy preferences; survey; multi-criteria decision model; analytic network process energy preferences; survey; multi-criteria decision model; analytic network process
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Börcsök, E.; Ferencz, Z.; Groma, V.; Gerse, Á.; Fülöp, J.; Bozóki, S.; Osán, J.; Török, S.; Horváth, Á. Energy Supply Preferences as Multicriteria Decision Problems: Developing a System of Criteria from Survey Data. Energies 2020, 13, 3767. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153767

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Börcsök E, Ferencz Z, Groma V, Gerse Á, Fülöp J, Bozóki S, Osán J, Török S, Horváth Á. Energy Supply Preferences as Multicriteria Decision Problems: Developing a System of Criteria from Survey Data. Energies. 2020; 13(15):3767. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153767

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Börcsök, Endre, Zoltán Ferencz, Veronika Groma, Ágnes Gerse, János Fülöp, Sándor Bozóki, János Osán, Szabina Török, and Ákos Horváth. 2020. "Energy Supply Preferences as Multicriteria Decision Problems: Developing a System of Criteria from Survey Data" Energies 13, no. 15: 3767. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153767

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