Co-production in distributed generation: renewable energy and creating space for fitting infrastructure within landscapes

Journal Article

Title: Co-production in distributed generation: renewable energy and creating space for fitting infrastructure within landscapes
Authors: Wolsink, M.
Publication Date:
September 25, 2017
Journal: Landscape Research
Volume: 43
Issue: 4
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Online

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Citation

Wolsink, M. (2017). Co-production in distributed generation: renewable energy and creating space for fitting infrastructure within landscapes. Landscape Research, 43(4).
Abstract: 

This review describes the infrastructural elements of the socio-technical system of power supply based on renewables and the role of landscape concerns in decision-making about emerging ‘intelligent grids’. The considerable land areas required for energy infrastructure call for sizable ‘distributed generation’ close to energy consumption. Securing community acceptance of renewables’ infrastructure, perceived impacts on the community, and ‘landscape justice’ requires two types of co-production: in power supply and in making space available. With co-production, landscape issues are prominent, for some options dominant. However, ‘objectification’ of landscape, such as the use of ‘visibility’ as proxy for ‘visual impact’, is part of lingering centralised and hierarchical approaches to the deployment of renewables. Institutional tendencies of centralisation and hierarchy, in power supply management as well as in siting, should be replaced by co-production, as follows from common pool resources theory. Co-production is the key to respecting landscape values, furthering justice, and achieving community acceptance.

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