NY blasts Alcoa over plans to close potlines

Jan 21, 2014 | 10:34 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Alcoa, Massena smelter, Massena East, potline closures, Massena West, Andrew Cuomo, Melissa DeRosa, New York Power Authority NYPA

CHICAGO — Alcoa Inc.’s decision to permanently close two potlines at its Massena East smelter in New York sparked an angry response from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, with the state hinting that the aluminum producer could be in breach of a long-term power supply agreement.

Alcoa has been working with local unions to keep job cuts to a minimum and with the state to “manage any contract issues,” a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh-based company said Jan. 17.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), the largest state power organization in the United States, and Alcoa have agreed to a hydropower contract that extends to 2045 with an option for Alcoa to extend the agreement until 2055, Cuomo’s office has said (amm.com, July 2).....

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