Syllabus for Decision Analysis in Energy Planning with Focus on Wind Power

Beslutsanalys i energiplanering med fokus på vindkraft


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1GV129
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Wind Power Project Management G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-10-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2020
  • Entry requirements: Wind Power Basics 7.5 credits, Energy and Environment 7.5 credits, Wind Power Planning and Permission 7.5 credits or Energy Production and Usage 10 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the multi-dimensional nature of renewable energy technologies
  • decompose renewable energy projects into appropriate sustainability (energy, economic, technological, environmental, societal) criteria
  • assess these criteria on a qualitative and/or quantitative basis and perform a comparative evaluation of potential competing projects
  • account for fundamental aspects of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA)
  • apply basic principles of MCDA in the case of wind power


The course covers integrated evaluation of Renewable Energy Technologies as well as decision Analysis in Renewable Energy Planning.
Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis: Methodological foundations and operational consequences. Application of basic MCDA methods in wind energy planning and decisions.


The course is given as a net-based course. Assignments are submitted to the e-classroom on the Internet and the student is given personal feedback by the tutor. A forum for discussion is available.


Written hand-in assignments 6 credits
A written essay 1.5 credits

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course cannot be included in the same degree as 1GV089, Introduction to Decision Analysis in Renewable Energy Planning: the Case of Wind Power.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Boyle, Godfrey Renewable energy : power for a sustainable future

    3. ed.: Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2012

    Find in the library

Parts of the above literature are used in the course and additional reading material of about 100 pages will be provided in the e-classroom.