New interaction paths in the energy landscape: the role of local energy initiatives

Jessica de Boer, Christian Zuidema, Katharina Gugerell

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Abstract

Energy transition is an encompassing process which not only involves the energy system but also the landscape in which the energy system is embedded. Renewable energy is triggering new interactions with local landscapes in physical, socio-economic and institutional senses. We capture these interactions using the energy landscape concept, which expresses the interdependence of the energy system with the landscape. We aim to understand whether and how local energy initiatives facilitate this interdependency so as to see if local energy initiatives can be considered focal points in energy transition. We analyse how emerging local energy initiatives link different interests, land uses and activities within their energy practices and show how these facilitate interactions between various physical and social systems across multiple spatial scales. The paper concludes with several suggestions on how spatial planners and policy-makers can use the insights from the findings to support energy transition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-502
JournalLandscape Research
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23-Mar-2018

Keywords

  • ENERGY LANDSCAPES
  • TRANSITION
  • System Interaction
  • Local energy initiatives
  • Actor-artefact Network
  • Energy transition
  • STRATEGIC NICHE MANAGEMENT
  • SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE
  • RESEARCH AGENDA
  • INNOVATION
  • COMMUNITY
  • GENERATION
  • SYSTEMS
  • POLICY
  • UK
  • SUSTAINABILITY

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