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Geographica Helvetica
Geogr. Helv., 72, 329-339, 2017
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24 Jul 2017
Rescaling Energy? Räumliche Neuordnungen in der deutschen Energiewende
Sören Becker1,2 and Matthias Naumann3 1Geographisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany
2Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRITHESys) an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
3Institut für Geographische Wissenschaften der Freien Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Abstract. The German energy transition is not only characterized by wide technological changes but also by spatial restructuring. The decentralization of energy supply potentially increases the importance of the regional or local scale. The Anglo-American debate on the Politics of Scale addresses the production and transformation of scale while energy issues have not yet been systematically addressed. This paper combines the theoretical paradigms of scale, rescaling and scalar strategies with empirical examples from the German energy transition. Using the cases of energy regions, remunicipalizations and social movements, the implications of the German energy transition are analyzed regarding the role of scale. The paper argues that the perspective of the Politics of Scale can contribute not only to a better understanding of the different dimensions of energy transitions but also to critical energy geographies in general.

Citation: Becker, S. and Naumann, M.: Rescaling Energy? Räumliche Neuordnungen in der deutschen Energiewende, Geogr. Helv., 72, 329-339,, 2017.
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