Spatial Energy Planning II

Energy transition based on well-founded information from the preliminary project SEP I

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The energy transition requires coordinated action. In order to achieve the climate goals, all renewable energy resources must be used optimally. The right solution in the wrong place or used incorrectly is not effective. The growing interdependencies between the sectors (electricity, heat and transport) must be taken into account in the energy system of the future and comprehensive, long-term planning is required that integrates the topics of energy generation and use and infrastructure and spatial planning (regional development, urban planning, etc.).

The success of the energy transition depends on control and coordination based on well-founded information. For this purpose, energy-related issues must be taken into account in the planning processes of the regional authorities and coordinated with those of the infrastructure operators. The processes successfully developed and implemented in the SEP I (Spatial Energy Planning) project to take energy-related issues into account in the planning processes in the heating sector are now being expanded to include the electricity and transport sectors. This means that all energy and climate protection-related sectors can be included in the strategic development. For example, project developers for a construction project can obtain all the information they need specifically about heat and power supply as well as mobility optimization at the push of a button using automated reports.

Coordination of sustainable energy infrastructures based on the information system of SEP I

The information system, which was developed in SEP I as the basis for considering the heat supply in planning processes (e.g. building authority process, local development planning), is now being implemented in the respective communities. In addition to the roll-out of the use of the information in the defined planning processes, the content for the areas of mobility and electricity is gradually being expanded and in this way specific instruments such as automated reports and apps are being created for the planning process. With the help of these tools, the development of sustainable energy infrastructures is coordinated and settlement development and land use are brought into line with the requirements of the energy transition. This paves the way for the planning and implementation of plus-energy quarters (quarters that produce large amounts of energy on site and are supplied with renewable energy). At the same time, suggestions are being drawn up on how the existing legal basis must be adapted in order to anchor energy sustainably.

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The following model solutions are being developed in the Spatial Energy Planning II project: