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Parliamentary questions
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3 March 2016
Question for written answer P-001982-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Janusz Zemke (S&D)

 Subject:  Support for small hydropower plants
 Answer in writing 

In a growing number of European countries, including Poland, so-called small hydropower plants, which provide a renewable source of energy, are attracting considerable interest. These plants increase the hydroelectric potential of natural watercourses without devastating the environment. In addition, the improved water retention helps to prevent droughts and flooding.

However, small hydropower plants are facing difficulties in their operations. One way to tackle these difficulties is through the hydropower support programmes being implemented by a number of Member States, and through RESTOR Hydro (Renewable Energy Sources Transforming Our Regions), a European project which aims to increase renewable energy production from small and micro hydropower by identifying and restoring suitable historical sites.

Does the Commission intend to provide financial and legal support to small hydropower plants, which offer a renewable source of energy?

Original language of question: PL 
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