Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman hopes to double the eastern European country's hydroelectric power output within the next decade, according to a statement made to the government's press service.
"The share of hydroelectric power in Ukraine's total generation is 8.6%," Groysman said. "There is a potential to boost it to 15.5%. That is our 10-year goal."
Plans to develop Ukraine's hydropower sector should be formalized and introduced to the government's official agenda some time next month. In addition to being more environmentally friendly, the plan is intended to help the country wean itself off imported fossil fuels currently used for the bulk of its power generation.
"This means that during 10 years, new hydroelectric power units that would generate high-quality, safe electricity for Ukraine will be opened," Groysman said.
Data from the Ukrainian State Statistics Service shows the country currently has about 60 hydropower plants that combined to generate nearly 7 million kWh of electricity last year.