Officials back Noranda lower power rate request

Jun 12, 2014 | 03:06 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  aluminum, smelter, power supply, electricity rate, rate adjustment, shutdown, Noranda Aluminum, Missouri Public Service Commission Sarah L. Kliethermes

NEW YORK — Elected officials from five Missouri counties near Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp.’s New Madrid, Mo., aluminum smelter are backing the company’s request for a lower electricity rate.

In a June 9 letter to the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC), officials from New Madrid, Dunklin, Pemiscot, Stoddard, and Butler counties expressed their "extreme concern" for the economic well-being of the communities surrounding the smelter, should Noranda be forced to shutter the facility because of unfavorable power rates.....

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