By Ralph L. Keeney
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The uncertainty may cause many problems in addition to construction costs per se> such as diffi culties in dealing with rate regulation agencies and in financing the proj ect. Value judgments of the client are required to specify his or her atti tude toward risk. In Chapter 9, the assessments of a utility company exec utive for costs of a proposed pumped storage facility indicate how impor tant attitudes toward risk can be. 5 The Argument for Formal Analyses 23 to economic concerns, consider this example from the nuclear power siting study discussed in Chapter 3.
3. 4. 5. identifying candidate sites, specifying objectives and attributes of the siting study, describing possible site impacts, evaluating site impacts, and analyzing and comparing candidate sites. The last step involves synthesizing the information obtained in steps 1 -4 to evaluate and compare the alternative choices. 4 are addressed. As can be seen, each of the features is explicitly considered. Because of this, the quality of the analysis can be signifi cantly increased over that of other approaches which do not address each of these features.
There are some exemplary cases of this type of analysis which have not been sufficient to convince regulatory authorities of the appropriateness of a site. Of course, it is difficult to as certain whether it was the site or the analysis or both which led to rejec tion. For these reasons as well as the fact that a good analysis can be of sig nificant help in selecting the best site, we feel it is very desirable to con duct the siting study prior to selecting a site. Existing laws, most notably 1 The Siting Problem 26 the National Environmental Policy Act,t also support this contention by requiring analysis prior to site selection.
Siting Energy Facilities by Ralph L. Keeney