Plans to boost hydro power
MORE hydro-electric power schemes could be around the corner in Wales.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is re-evaluating the amount of water that can be taken from Welsh rivers to generate electricity while ensuring water supplies and wildlife are protected.
Such schemes can cause lower levels in rivers between where the water is taken out and put back.
NRW is also looking at more ways to help support the hydro-electric industry, plus the landowners and community groups which could benefit. It is also reviewing the application system to identify ways of speeding up the process.
Day-to-day changes in a river's natural flow are vital to protect habitats for spawning fish.
Ceri Davies, of NRW, said its decision will enable the potential energy from Wales' rivers to be used.
"This, alongside the other work we are doing to help developers, will support the development of sustainable small-scale, renewable energy generation," he said.