Energy supply is the backbone of every modern-day industrial, information and service society. In view of the depletion of fossil fuels already taking shape today and climate change, renewable sources of energy take centre stage. In the coming years it will be ever more important, in terms of urban development and regional planning, to discuss the potentials of renewable energy sources as well as conflicts (of use).
In future, becoming more and more independent of legacy energy sources - i.e., achieving energy autonomy - will be of increasing importance. Not only post-fossil mobility, but also post-fossil energy supply will require long-term strategies. As such, more attention will be paid to renewable forms of energy, such as solar, wind and bio energy. Particularly the opportunities linked to renewable energies for urban and regional development will require more in-depth analysis.
However, utilisation of renewable energies also involves manipulation of nature and landscapes, which means that in this area, too, urban development and regional planning measures will be necessary. The conflicts between wind power and perception of landscape may serve as an example, because it is clear that regional planning requires coordination and harmonisation processes in order to preserve and secure (cultivated) landscape.