Alternative Evaluation of Power Plant Sites

by Asok K. Motayed, (M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; Sheladia Associates, Inc., Mt. Rainier, Md.; formerly, Project Engr., Dames & Moore, Bethesda, Md.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Energy Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 229-234

Document Type: Journal Paper


Selection of sites for power plants requires a detailed evaluation of a large number of alternative and feasible sites. Site evaluation techniques in practice essentially compare and evaluate the large number of alternative sites with respect to a number of environmental, engineering, socio-economic, and other site characteristics. Elements of such evaluation techniques are mostly subjective. The paper presents a method utilizing the weighting-scaling technique used in the assessment of water resources projects, in which some of this subjectivity can be eliminated. A hypothetical example is presented wherein ten sites are ranked for acceptability using the proposed methodology.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Site investigation | Water resources | Environmental issues | Economic factors | Social factors

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