Limiting Land-Use Conflicts Associated with the Renewable Energy Transition Using Integrated Landscape Management
Economies around the world are in various stages of an energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable, low-carbon energy sources. This is largely a result of concerns over climate change, as well as a response to dramatic cost decreases for electricity from renewable sources that have occurred over the past decade. While there are many reasons to be hopeful about this transition, it does present significant challenges. Given the low power densities of currently-available renewable technologies, compared to conventional fossil fuel sources, a far greater allocation of land will be needed to make this transition. This increase in land requirements will put a great deal of pressure on other land use objectives, most notably food production, conservation and the ability of communities that rely on the use of natural resources to support their livelihoods. Integrated landscape management provides a framework for responsible siting of renewable energy projects, which can limit the pressure from increased land requirements for renewable energy installations. Additionally, landscape scale energy production can support a myriad of objectives typical within an integrated landscape. This project paper examines these topics and provides a rationale for incorporating renewable energy considerations within a larger, integrated planning framework.
Master of Professional Studies
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