CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Century Aluminum officials want to have until Nov. 1 to ask the state Public Service Commission to reconsider its ruling on a special electricity rate for the company.
Lawyers for Century filed the request Wednesday, one day after the company announced it would not restart its Ravenswood plant, despite the PSC's ruling that the company could have its special electricity rate.
The PSC issued a 70-page ruling on Oct. 4 that Century may have a special rate for electricity, which the company had requested, but the PSC said any risk that the company won't pay enough for its power would have to be assumed by the company, not other Appalachian Power customers.
PSC spokeswoman Martina Bills said Century has 10 days from the day the PSC filed the ruling to ask for reconsideration. That would be Sunday, but because the PSC is closed that day, Bills said Century has until Monday.
Century officials said since the PSC's order is "lengthy and complex," the company needs more time.
"Century requests an extension ... to provide Century with additional time to evaluate the order's implications for the restart of Century's Ravenswood business operations, and to prepare a petition for reconsideration which fairly responds to the order," Century said in its filing.
Century requested that the extension be issued before Monday's deadline. If that doesn't happen, Century's deadline would still be Monday, said PSC spokeswoman Susan Small.