The current landscape of German Lusatia tells the story of an industrialized nature. While the coal mines claim less and less of the land, it is now renewable energy that is the path towards the future. The German energy transition (Energiewende) aims to decarbonize the German economy and create an energy system almost solely based on renewable energy. Today, about 22 percent of Germany’s electricity still comes from brown coal, some 12 percent from hard coal, with approximately 33 percent now being generated using renewable energy. This landscape is once again going through radical transformations – a re-invention of the ecological, social and spatial futures of German Lusatia.
“…with each generation adding new layers of meaning and experience […] both moments of great beauty and of heartbreak.”
James Rebanks, English Pastoral. An Inheritance (2020)
This map shows the location of sites for energy production in Lusatia based on brown coal (white), wind power (blue) and solar power (yellow).
6,68 % of the German Lusatian surface is used for energy production.
Whereof 2,7 % consist of wind turbines.
Notice although that 7,6% of Lusatia can also be defined as used land by the turbines when following the German government’s regulation of a 1 km distance to settlements.
0,9 % of the German Lusatian surface is ascribed to harvesting sun energy.
3,1 % of the German Lusatian surface are fields claimed by the active mining industry.