The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held meetings on the proposal by Fairlawn Hydroelectric Company. The company wants to build a 13.4-megawatt hydroelectric plant near the base of the Jennings Randolph dam near Bloomington. That's enough electricity to power about 13,000 homes.
The $25 million project would divert some of the water released from the dam by the Army Corps of Engineers into a two-story powerhouse 60 feet long and 40 feet wide.
Fairlawn is a subsidiary of Advanced Hydro Solutions, based in Fairlawn, Ohio. The company has other projects planned or under development in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.