WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has passed legislation championed by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to provide licensing certainty for the construction of a hydroelectric facility at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam at Jennings Randolph Dam in West Virginia.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has passed legislation championed by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to provide licensing certainty for the construction of a hydroelectric facility at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam at Jennings Randolph Dam in West Virginia.
In addition, Congressman  David B. McKinley introduced a bill in the House Friday to support the project, and it passed as well.
The bill now heads to President Trump to be signed into law.
“I have always supported an all-of-the-above energy portfolio and this hydroelectric project is an important investment in the energy infrastructure in Mineral County and the surrounding communities,” Manchin said.
“This project will generate enough domestic energy to power over 6,000 homes and create additional jobs for the region.”
“It’s critical that America pursue an all-of-the-above energy policy that includes hydroelectric power. In addition to providing affordable energy for consumers, this project will pump more than $30 million into the region’s economy and create good-paying jobs,” said McKinley.
“The passage of this bill provides the certainty required for this project to move forward. We look forward to President Trump signing it into law,” McKinley added.
“This project enhances an existing federal dam by the addition of clean low impact hydroelectric power generation,” said David C. Sinclair, president of Advanced Hydro Solutions LLC.
“It will also provide construction jobs and economic benefits to the local community. This bill provides us with the time to complete the development and begin construction next year. We really appreciate all the support we received from Sen. Manchin and Rep. McKinley in enabling the passage of this legislation. We look forward to seeing it signed into law.”
The Jennings Randolph Dam (a.k.a. Bloomington Lake Dam) lies on the North Branch of the Potomac River along the border of West Virginia and Maryland. This rock and impervious material dam is over 350 feet tall and was built in the mid-1980s for flood control and recreation by the Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
Fairlawn Hydroelectric Company LLC (FHC), a subsidiary of Advanced Hydro Solutions LLC, has received an original license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the project.