Winner of the 2017 EDRA Great Places Award (Research Category)
Winner of the 2017 VT ASLA Chapter Award of Excellence (Communications Category)
The Renewable Energy Landscape is a definitive guide to understanding, assessing, avoiding, and minimizing scenic impacts as we transition to a more renewable energy future. It focuses attention, for the first time, on the unique challenges solar, wind, and geothermal energy will create for landscape protection, planning, design, and management.
Topics addressed include:
- Policies aimed at managing scenic impacts from renewable energy development and their social acceptance within North America, Europe and Australia
- Visual characteristics of energy facilities, including the design and planning techniques for avoiding or mitigating impacts or improving visual fit
- Methods of assessing visual impacts or energy projects and the best practices for creating and using visual simulations
- Policy recommendations for political and regulatory bodies.
A comprehensive and practical book, The Renewable Energy Landscape is an essential resource for those engaged in planning, designing, or regulating the impacts of these new, critical energy sources, as well as a resource for communities that may be facing the prospect of development in their local landscape.
1. The Changing Landscapes of Renewable Energy (Dean Apostol, Richard Smardon, Robert Sullivan, James Palmer and Martin Pasqualetti), Part I, 2. Conserving Scenery During an Energy Transition (Martin Pasqualetti and Richard Smardon), 3. Managing New Energy Landscapes in the USA, Canada, and Australia (Richard Smardon, Ian Bishop and Robert Ribe), 4. Adjusting to Renewable Energy in a Crowded Europe (Simon Bell), 5. Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy Landscapes (Richard Smardon and Martin J. Pasqualetti), Part II, 6. The Visual Signatures of Renewable Energy Projects (Robert Sullivan), 7. Improving the Visual Fit of RE Projects (Dean Apostol, John McCarty, and Robert Sullivan), 8. Measuring Scenic Impacts of Renewable Energy Projects (Louise Kling, James Palmer, and Richard Smardon), 9. Visualizing Proposed Renewable Energy Projects (Robert Sullivan), 10. Engaging Communities in Creating New Energy Landscapes (Richard Smardon and James Palmer), 11. Policy Recommendations for the New Energy Landscape (Dean Apostol, Richard Smardon, James Palmer, Martin Pasqualetti and Robert Sullivan)
Long overdue, this guide on how to place renewable energy in the landscape to maximize public acceptance is critical to the energy transition that is so desperately needed
Paul Gipe, early advocate of aesthetic design for wind and solar power plants, author of ‘Wind Energy for the Rest of Us: A Comprehensive Guide to Wind Power and How to Use It’.
Instrumental reading for those that want an energy future that is not only sustainable and affordable, but inclusive and just. If we are to achieve public support for a sustainable energy future, we must minimize natural public resistance to change. This book shows how to do it.
Benjamin K. Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex, UK and Editor in Chief for the Journal of Energy Research & Social Science