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Territorial Fragmentation and Renewable Energy Source Plants: Which Relationship?

School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, 85100 Potenza, Italy
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Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 1828;
Received: 31 December 2019 / Revised: 18 February 2020 / Accepted: 26 February 2020 / Published: 29 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Urban Planning and Land Management)
Renewable Energy Sources (RES) are part of the solution to tackle the global problems of climate change and carbon emissions. Programs and policies at different levels are continuing to promote new RES farms, posing a relevant challenge to regional planners and administrators: how to manage landscape transformation and territorial fragmentation to find a really effective sustainable arrangement for these kinds of technologies? Most effects induced by RES (land-use change, land take, diminishing aesthetic values, loss of habitat quality), without a doubt, depend on the location and the spatial pattern of the plants, the relative distance between them, the extension of secondary infrastructures and their technical characteristics. This work takes part in the debate, originating from the need to establish a monitoring system for this kind of new territorial transformation and discusses the implementation of a sprinkling fragmentation index (SPX) in order to assess the current regional settlement structure of RES farms. Our case study concerns the Basilicata region (in Southern Italy), a very low-density area which over the last decade has undergone a relevant increase in the installation of RES technologies, not supported by an effective planning framework. The evolution of the regional energy system has been strongly influenced both by incentive policies and by (weak) urban and territorial planning policies. This approach could be a valuable contribution both in identifying a fragmentation threshold beyond which the expected negative impacts outweigh the benefits, and in providing a useful procedure for the management of future installations. View Full-Text
Keywords: RES; fragmentation; sprinkling; Basilicata region; low density RES; fragmentation; sprinkling; Basilicata region; low density
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Saganeiti, L.; Pilogallo, A.; Faruolo, G.; Scorza, F.; Murgante, B. Territorial Fragmentation and Renewable Energy Source Plants: Which Relationship? Sustainability 2020, 12, 1828.

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