Local power and land use: spatial implications for local energy development

C.L. Boer, Richard Hewitt, Johannes T.A. Bressers, Patricia Martínez Alonso, Verónica Hernández Jiménez, Jaime Diaz Pacheco, Lara Roman Bermejo

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Background The decentralised and private nature of small-scale renewable energy development does not fit traditional models of government planning and oversight. The land use impacts related to these developments are not well understood and data is lacking related to the environmental, social and economic impacts that can occur under various scenarios. Methods This research note provides a literature review of the scarce information available about the spatial impacts of small-scale renewable energy and outlines the current stream of research being undertaken to address this knowledge gap. The preliminary case studies in Overijssel, the Netherlands and Navarre, Spain provide the background for understanding this complex issue, and a new integrated policy and land use model is introduced in order to combine qualitative and qualitative data that is important for understanding the dynamics of this growing field. Results The main difficulties in moving forward in planning for the decentralised renewable energytransition are the variation of perspectives on the attractiveness and appropriateness of urban renewableenergy (RE) development, differences in implementation processes and incentives, the dynamic nature ofthe relevant technologies and the lack of up to date information on land use. Conclusions Multi-functional land use is a key strategy for increasing the uptake of small-scale renewable energy but little to no data is available regarding it in European land use literature and policy. This needs to be addressed in order to enable pragmatic policies that will enable effective implementation of renewable energy
Original languageEnglish
Article number31
Pages (from-to)31-
JournalEnergy, sustainability and society
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Boer, C. L., Hewitt, R., Bressers, J. T. A., Martínez Alonso, P., Hernández Jiménez, V., Diaz Pacheco, J., & Bermejo, L. R. (2015). Local power and land use: spatial implications for local energy development. Energy, sustainability and society, 5(1), 31-. [31]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13705-015-0059-3
Boer, C.L. ; Hewitt, Richard ; Bressers, Johannes T.A. ; Martínez Alonso, Patricia ; Hernández Jiménez, Verónica ; Diaz Pacheco, Jaime ; Bermejo, Lara Roman. / Local power and land use: spatial implications for local energy development. In: Energy, sustainability and society. 2015 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 31-.
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Boer, CL, Hewitt, R, Bressers, JTA, Martínez Alonso, P, Hernández Jiménez, V, Diaz Pacheco, J & Bermejo, LR 2015, 'Local power and land use: spatial implications for local energy development' Energy, sustainability and society, vol. 5, no. 1, 31, pp. 31-. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13705-015-0059-3

Local power and land use: spatial implications for local energy development. / Boer, C.L.; Hewitt, Richard; Bressers, Johannes T.A.; Martínez Alonso, Patricia; Hernández Jiménez, Verónica; Diaz Pacheco, Jaime; Bermejo, Lara Roman.

In: Energy, sustainability and society, Vol. 5, No. 1, 31, 2015, p. 31-.

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