The Diversity Optimisation Procedure

The electricity supply industry is, arguably, the paradigm case of a 'sociotechnical system' in the sense discussed in Section 1.3 of this paper 490. It is an industrial sector in which investments are typically large in scale and (increasingly) highly capital- and technology-intensive 491. Serious concerns over environmental performance (for example, in relation to radioactive, acid and carbon emissions) are driving a widespread perception of a need for strategic shifts in technology choice,...

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For purposes of illustration, a set of ordinal categories (low, medium and high) are employed to express weightings, scores and ratings in this exercise. In calculating results, these have been assigned the following numerical ratios low 1 medium 2 high 4. 1 The financial cost to the operator, quantified in terms of pence per kilowatt-hour (pkWh) and expressed in performance terms as 'high', 'medium' or 'low'. 2 An aggregate indicator of environmental performance, which is itself a...

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Formal Taxonomies of Disparity

A second general approach to the characterisation of disparity involves a concentration on the classification of options. If the starting point for the analysis of disparity lies in established approaches to dual concept diversity, then the most obvious framework for addressing disparity lies in a focus on the basis for the definition and disaggregation of a set of discrete options. Once this has been done, the argument goes, the problem reduces to an analysis of dual concept diversity amongst...