Big Rivers, Century try to resolve power row

Feb 19, 2013 | 10:52 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Rio Tinto Alcan, Big Rivers Electric, Mark Bailey, Century Aluminum, Hawesville, Sebree, Kentucky legislature, Rep. Tommy Thompson Sen. Joe Bowen

CHICAGO — Century Aluminum Co. and Big Rivers Electric Corp. hope to negotiate a solution to the dispute over power at the aluminum producer’s Hawesville, Ky., smelter, according to sources familiar with the issue.

If the two sides are able to reach an agreement on how to manage costs potentially associated with Monterey, Calif.-based Century leaving the Big Rivers system, legislation introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives regarding the issue would be unnecessary, Rep. Tommy Thompson told AMM Feb. 15.

But if the two sides can’t reach a deal, "we’ll probably come back next week and vote the bill out (of committee) and move the legislation forward," according to Thompson, who introduced the bill Feb. 5.....

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