PLAN-EE: A GIS-based Planning Tool for Renewable Energies

  • contact:

    Prof. Dr. Joachim Vogt

    Mathias Jehling


  • project group:

    Method integration

    Regional and land use planning

  • funding:

    Promoted by funds of the EU Operational Programme INTERREG IV Upper Rhine and the joint science initiative of the German federal states of Rhineland Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg and the French region of Alsace.


  • Partner:

    University of Koblenz-Landau, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Campus Landau
    Université de Strasbourg: Centre de Recherche et d'Etude en Sciences Sociales CRESS;
    Laboratoire Image, Ville, Environnement LIVE; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS;
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: Institute of Regional Science IfR; Institute for Industrial Production IIP.

    Associated partner:
    EnergieSüdpfalz GmbH, Middle Upper Rhine Regional Association, TRION network for energy and climate, Alsace Energivie, DREAL Alsace (Direction Régionale de l'Environnement, de l'Aménagement et du Logement), GISOR – SIGRS.

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Project aim:

"Plan-EE“ aims at developing a planning tool for the regional expansion of renewable energies in the Upper Rhine metropolitan area. Featuring different analysis levels, this planning tool should not only detect technical potentialities, but also depict the stakeholder structure in the regional energy sector and identify developable renewable energies potentials on site by means of a socio-economic analysis. Developed on the basis of geographical information systems (GIS), the planning  tool has been designed to serve as a decision support system for political decision makers of municipalities, local utility companies, banks and initiatives. As an innovative approach, a stakeholder and acceptance analysis allowing to identify social and economic aspects of regional potential of renewable energies is integrated into the tool's development process. Thus, the basis is laid for a regional energy management system that makes an important contribution to the turnaround in energy policy on the regional level by revealing developable potentials and systematically including stakeholders. To guarantee its cross-border application, the planning tool is developed on the example of two model regions in the Upper Rhine metropolitan area, the Strasbourg region and the South Palatinate region. Above, the tool's transferability to other regions of the metropolitan area as well as its future pan-European aplicability play a key role in the development process. A handbook and a user guide will illustrate the development process of a local engery management system as with the planning tool as an open source software. In the framework of Plan-EE, the Institute of Regional Science deals with questions on the acceptance of renewable energies.


Regional energy transition(s)

International conference on Renewable Energy Systems in France and Germany

On 21 and 22 October 2013, an international conference on Renewable Energy Systems in France and Germany was held in Strasbourg, France. The meeting was initiated and organized by members of the research project Plan EE. Further information on the topics discussed in the meeting is available here (pdf).