Module: Solution Prioritization

Action 3: Review Priorities and Costs
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Introduction

This action guides the resilience planning team through reviewing the resilience priorities documented in the Site-Level Planning module to develop additional prioritization criteria that will be used to evaluate and prioritize solutions. By developing a clear process for evaluating the relative merits of each solution, the resilience planning team can identify which solutions they will propose for implementation. This action also guides the resilience planning team in documenting rough cost estimates associated with each project as this can serve as an important consideration in the prioritization of solutions.

Data Inputs Needed

  • Understanding organization project development process
  • Resilience priorities from the Site-Level Planning Module
  • Screened solutions list from Action 1 of the Solution Prioritization Module

Outputs of This Action

  • Prioritization criteria and their relative weights
  • Input to Solution Prioritization tool:
    • For those working offline, input into Tab 3 of the TRN Solution Prioritization Excel workbook
    • For those working offline, input into Tab 4 of the TRN Solution Prioritization Excel workbook

Resources

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Full Description

In this action, the resilience planning team will identify prioritization criteria that should be included in the prioritization of solutions. They will also record rough cost estimates for each solution to be used as an additional prioritization criterion.

Step 1: Identify and Weight Criteria for Decision-Making

Established resilience priorities are a key input for this action. Identify which priorities are important to site and organizational leadership to factor in for decisions on potential solutions.

Traditional project development criteria such as total or relative cost of solutions and criticality of the affected system or load are already considered within the Solution Prioritization module and should not be listed as prioritization criteria or they may be double counted. The TRN automatically includes risk-reduction as a decision-making criterion.

Each criterion used for evaluation should be weighted based on how important it is in decision-making. It is important to recognize that each of these criteria, as well as the final score, are subjective. The resilience planning team should discuss criteria and their relative weight in decision-making with site leadership. Record prioritization criteria and the associated weights in the Solution Prioritization Action 3 Worksheet: Solution Priorities and Costs. This will be used as an input into the Solution Prioritization tool (for those working offline, it will be used in the Solution Prioritization Excel workbook Tab 3).

Step 2: Estimate Costs

In this action, the resilience planning team should also consider solution costs to aid in the prioritization process. Users should start by discussing, in general, what their site considers a low-cost solution over a 10-year period (initial cost plus ongoing annual cost). What is a moderate-cost solution or a high-cost solution? The user should make sure to consult with staff familiar with their organization’s project development process to inform categorization of project cost thresholds.

Next, consult with staff familiar with project development, energy and water managers, and other technical personnel to determine rough cost estimates for each solution or solution set being analyzed. Record these in the final table of the Solution Prioritization Action 3 Worksheet: Solution Priorities and Costs. Be sure to include both up-front costs and ongoing costs, such as O&M, in these estimates.

Use the Solution Prioritization Action 3 Worksheet: Solution Priorities and Costs to record the results of these discussions. This will be used as an input into the Solution Prioritization tool (for those working offline, it will be used in the Solution Prioritization Excel workbook Tab 4).