From nuclear power plants to energy landscapes

In 1950, the nuclear power plants spread across many countries due to their efficiency in producing (also) electric energy. In 1960, the campaigns against nuclear power became so intense that an entire movement has started including petitions, protests and continuing over the years with educating people, innovation and technological progress towards what we now call green energy.

One note on the matter is that a nuclear plant is an enemy that is very visible. It is big, smoky, and very easy to target. Unlike pollutants and polluters that we are struggling to reduce nowadays,  a power plant is very easy to point fingers at. However, to bring an alternative solution to cheap electric energy is not as easy or quick.

Having a lot of energy to be consumed, an entire behavioral change was started, including provision of gadgets and services dependent to electricity, resulting in an everyday life dependent to electric energy.

As energy demand will not decrease anytime soon, in the past years, research and innovation has led to pretty amazing methods to produce electric energy in a more sustainable manner. More organizations and institutions became active in promoting strategies such as green buildings, sustainable transport and development of gadgets with less energy consumption.

First driverless pods to travel public roads arrive in the Netherlands – The WEpod will be the first self-driving electric shuttle to run in regular traffic, and take bookings via a dedicated app

Energy landscapes is a concept born in landscape architectural dialogue (and environmental design)  in the case of spatial organization of urban and rural landscapes to integrate planned energy conscious interventions on the ground. National and local authorities, decision takers, policy makers and the community leaders are as important as the experts, technologists, daily workers and innovators in creating accessible information and technology for production and distribution of green energy.

The power plants have always been publicly owned (where public means a nationalized business where the state is the decision maker). The movement towards energy efficient technology is somehow a movement into a capitalistic society where businesses contribute to the energy efficiency movement, and they also dictate the price, the quantity and quality to the consumer (the buyer). Energy landscapes aim to bring local energy independence or at least less dependence to the grid, while promoting a more careful consumption of electric energy at the household level, making people more conscious about their everyday behavior regarding use of electric energy.


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