NEW YORK There is no room
for negotiation on a proposed power agreement for Century
Aluminum Co.s idled Ravenswood, W.Va., smelter, the
Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia said.
The PSC aims to make an official
decision by Dec. 14 on Centurys latest reconsideration
filing regarding a restart at its 170,000-tonne-per-year
Ravenswood smelter, the agency said.
filed in late October, has "the tone of a negotiation
counteroffer," but "the commission is not a party to
negotiations when executing its statutory duties,
including reconsideration of a commission order," the PSC said.
"If Century intended to negotiate a special rate mechanism, the
appropriate procedure would be negotiation between Century and
other interested parties."
Century did not respond to a
request for comment.
In early October, the PSC
approved a special power rate for the Ravenswood smelter, which
has been shut since 2009. The agency agreed to Centurys
request to link the power rate to the LME price, but denied the
companys plea to pass on some of the costs to Appalachian
Power Co.s other customers, including some residential
amm.com, Oct. 4).
Century later said that the
PSCs rate wasnt conducive to a restart and
requested a number of modifications (
amm.com, Oct. 30).
The Monterey, Calif.-based
company also maintains that in order to restart Ravenswood,
some of Appalachian Powers customers must shoulder some
of the cost.
"Centurys last response
was, put another offer out there. And the
impression the company seems to be giving is that theyre
still in the negotiation phase, whereas at this point its
really in the commissions hands," a PSC spokeswoman told