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Hydroelectric Power

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th July 2010.

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Photo of Duncan Hames Duncan Hames Liberal Democrat, Chippenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many extraction licences for hydroelectric schemes the Environment Agency has (a) issued, (b) refused and (c) received but not determined in each of the last three years.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The following table shows the number of hydroelectric power licenses the Environment Agency have issued, refused and received since 1 November 2008. Before this date licenses were handled by the areas, as oppose to centrally through the National Permitting Centre.

Hydropower licences , 1 November 2008 to 26 July 2010
Number
2008 2009 2010
Licences issued 0 34 38
Licences refused 0 0 5
Licences received 11 58 64
Note: Currently being worked on 57, with 16 waiting to be picked up.

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