Century, utility talks fail; PSC to decide rate

May 16, 2012 | 03:51 PM | Suzy Waite

Tags  Century Aluminum, Michael Bless, Appalachian Power, Ravenswood, West Virginia, Public Service Commission, aluminum, London Metal Exchange Suzy Waite

NEW YORK — Century Aluminum Co., after failing to reach an agreement with its local power provider, has submitted an application to the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia requesting a power contract that would protect its idled Ravenswood smelter during periods of weak London Metal Exchange pricing.

"We reached a point where we realized we couldn’t come to a satisfactory resolution. We were too different in what we were hoping to achieve," a spokeswoman for Appalachian Power Co. told AMM. "We’re still working with Century and will continue to do so."

A spokeswoman for the Monterey, Calif.-based aluminum producer confirmed that the parties were unable to reach an agreement, but called the discussions "productive."....

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