Review Essay. Energy landscape research – Lessons from Southern Europe?

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The Moravian Geographical Reports does not often publish Book Reviews (let alone essays), but this new book on “Renewable Energies and European Landscapes”1 is a well-deserved exception to the rule! It is an edited collection of essays gathered together by Frolova (University of Granada, Spain), Prados (University of Sevilla, Spain) and Nadaï (Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement: CIRED -CNRS, France), based on a series of Workshops organised under the auspices of several agencies (from both Spain and France) in the period from 2007 to the present. In particular, the Spanish Network on Renewable Energies and Landscape (RESERP) began in 2010, with an emphasis on wind and solar power. Published by a well-respected agency, the question can be clearly stated at the outset: Do the editors fulfil their ambitious agenda of providing case studies of value for the emerging research on landscapes of renewable energies of Europe, writ large, i.e. beyond the ‘Southern European’ environment? Or: what is the ‘added value’ of the Southern European cases?

AFONSO, A. I., MENDES, C. (2015): Wind Power and Environmental Policies. Ethnography in “Protected Landscapes”. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 175-191). Dordrecht, Springer.

BARAJA-RODRÍGUEZ, E., HERRERO-LUQUE, D., PÉREZ-PÉREZ, B. (2015): A Country of Windmills. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 43-61). Dordrecht, Springer.

BOUNEAU, C., VARASHIN, D. (2012): Introduction. In: Bouneau, C., Varashin, D., Laborie, L., Viguié, R., Bouvier, Y. [eds.]: Les paysages de l’électricité. Perspectives historiques et enjeux contemporains (XIXe- XXIe siécles) (pp. 9-20). Bruxelles, PIE Peter Lang.

BRIFFAUD, S., HEAULMÉ, E., ANDRÉ-LAMAT, V., DAVASSE, B., SACAREAU, I. (2015): The Nature of Resources. Conflicts of Landscape in the Pyrenees During the Rise of Hydroelectric Power. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 135-153). Dordrecht, Springer.

DE ANDRÉS-RUIZ, C., IRANZO-GARCÍA, E., ESPEJOMARÍN, C. (2015): Solar Thermoelectric Power Landscapes in Spain. A New Kind of Renewable Energy Landscape? In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 237-254). Dordrecht, Springer.

DESHAIES, M., HERRERO-LUQUE, D. (2015): Wind Energy and Natural Parks in European Countries (Spain, France and Germany). In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 217-233). Dordrecht, Springer.

DÍAZ-CUEVAS, P., DOMÍNGUEZ-BRAVO, J. (2015): GIS, Territory, and Landscape in Renewable Energy Management in Spain. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 279-294). Dordrecht, Springer.

FERRARIO, V., CASTIGLIONI, B. (2015): Hydropower Exploitation in the Piave River Basin (Italian Eastern Alps). A Critical Reading Through Landscape. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 155-172). Dordrecht, Springer.

FERRARIO, V., REHO, M. (2015): Looking Beneath the Landscape of Carbon Neutrality. Contested Agroenergy Landscapes in the Dispersed City. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 95-113). Dordrecht, Springer.

FROLOVA , M., PRADOS, M.-J., NADAÏ, A. (2015): Emerging Renewable Energy Landscapes in Southern European Countries. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 3-24). Dordrecht, Springer.

FROLOVA, M., JIMÉNEZ-OLIVENCIA, Y., SÁNCHEZDEL ÁRBOL, M.-Á, REQUENA-GALIPIENSO, A., PÉREZ-PÉREZ, B. (2015): The Evolution of Renewable Landscapes in Sierra Nevada (Southern Spain). From Small Hydro- to a Wind-Power Landscape. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 117-134). Dordrecht, Springer.

LABUSSIÈRE, O., NADAÏ, A. (2015): Wind Power Landscapes in France: Landscape and Energy Decentralization. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 81-93). Dordrecht, Springer.

MÉRIDA-RODRÍGUEZ, M., LOBÓN-MARTÍN, R., PERLES-ROSELLÓ, M.-J. (2015): The Production of Solar Photovoltaic Power and Its Landscape Dimension. The Case of Andalusia (Spain). In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 255-277). Dordrecht, Springer.

MÉRIDA-RODRÍGUEZ, M., REYES-CORREDERA, S., PARDO-GARCÍA, S., ZAYAS-FERNÁNDEZ, B. (2015): Solar Photovoltaic Power in Spain. Expansion Factors and Emerging Landscapes. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.- J., Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 63-80). Dordrecht, Springer.

NADAÏ, A., LABUSSIÈRE, O. (2013): Playing with the line, channelling multiplicity - wind power planning in the Narbonnaise (Aude, France). Environment and Planning D, 31(1): 116-139.

NADAÏ, A., PRADOS, M.-J. (2015): Landscapes of Energies. A Perspective on the Energy Transition. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landscapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 25-40). Dordrecht, Springer.

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PERROTTI, D. (2015): Of Other (Energy) Spaces. Protected Areas and Everyday Landscapes of Energy in the Southern Italian Region of Alta Murgia. In: Frolova, M., Prados, M.-J. & Nadaï, A. [eds.]: Renewable Energies and European Landsapes. Lessons from Southern European Cases (pp. 193-215). Dordrecht, Springer.

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