Energy Revolution Needs Space: Transformations to the Energy Landscapes on the Example of Myslibórz Commune (Poland, Pomerania)

Michal Kupiec, Anna Kiepas-Kokot
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXVI, Issue 4, 228-237, 2023
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/3282


Purpose: This article presents the characteristics of landscape changes related to the implementation of the renewable energy development strategy. The aim of the article is to determine the forms and extent of landscape transformation in the West Pomeranian region resulting from the ongoing energy transition. Design/Methodology/Approach: The forms and scale of landscape transformation associated with energy production and transmission are presented on the example of a selected municipality. Using available spatial data, planning documentation and agricultural production statistics, the impact of changes in the structure of the energy sources used on the municipality's landscape structure was estimated. Findings: In the analysed municipality, agricultural production is partly dedicated to energy purposes. Wind investments on large areas of agricultural land were made possible through local spatial planning acts. The greatest impact on the landscape was recognised in terms of photovoltaic investments. Practical Implications: The energy transition contributes to changes in the landscape structure. Despite the low direct impact on the environment, RES investments, due to their large number, can have a significant cumulative impact (visual and functional). Energy crops (especially maize and rapeseed) compete with food crops. Originality/Value: The local example of a typical Pomeranian municipality shows the dynamics and scale of the problems associated with the formation of energy landscapes in open countryside.

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