New Approach to Power Plant Siting

by James D. Calvert, Dir.; Envir. Systems Div., Commonwealth Assoc., Inc., Jackson, MI,
William L. Heilman, Manager; Envir. Planning Section, Commonwealth Associate, Inc., Jackson, MI,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 1, Pg. 93-102

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The demands for environmental awareness involves a very comprehensive, broad scale map searching technique to locate site possibilities. A repetitive, but systematic, evaluation and selection procedure is then applied. This technique is based upon an increasing degree of evaluation as the number of remaining site possibilities is reduced through a series of site rating applications. The rating system consists of numerical evaluation of site characteristics in three general categories, namely: (1) Engineering feasibility; (2) environmental effects and public acceptance; and (3) economic considerations. Weightings are applied to the numerical values in each category and the weighted values are then combined to obtain an overall site rating number. This number is then viewed in comparison with similar numbers derived for other sites to arrive at a priority listing of site development possibilities.

Subject Headings: Site investigation | Ratings | Environmental issues | Numerical methods | Power plants | Mapping | Systems engineering |

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