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Application of Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis for Transition Management in Energy Communities

Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Center, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
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Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 1783; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041783
Received: 4 January 2021 / Revised: 21 January 2021 / Accepted: 3 February 2021 / Published: 7 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Communities in the Changing Energy Landscape)
Energy communities (ECs) play a role in the transition towards a low-carbon economy by 2050 and receive increasing attention from stakeholders within the energy sector. To foster ECs, transition management (TM) is a promising managerial approach to steer and guide the transition towards more sustainable practices. However, TM lacks a consistent methodology that addresses the criticism of the current application. To investigate what a structured and replicable TM approach for ECs can look like, this paper applies the multi-actor multi-criteria analysis (MAMCA), a participative multi-criteria decision method, to a case study EC in the Netherlands involving various stakeholders. The impact of the application on power relations, the political sphere, sustainability conceptualization, guidance of transitions, and representation was analyzed. MAMCA was found useful for multi-stakeholder settings seen in potential ECs, offering a unifying methodology for the practical application of TM. In the EC setting, the added value of MAMCA within TM lies more in the social representation, insight into stakeholder viewpoints, and communication rather than in final decision-making. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy transition; transition management; multi-actor multi-criteria analysis; energy communities; multi-criteria analysis energy transition; transition management; multi-actor multi-criteria analysis; energy communities; multi-criteria analysis
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Lode, M.L.; te Boveldt, G.; Macharis, C.; Coosemans, T. Application of Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis for Transition Management in Energy Communities. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1783. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041783

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Lode ML, te Boveldt G, Macharis C, Coosemans T. Application of Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis for Transition Management in Energy Communities. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):1783. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041783

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Lode, Maria L., Geert te Boveldt, Cathy Macharis, and Thierry Coosemans. 2021. "Application of Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis for Transition Management in Energy Communities" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 1783. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041783

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