In their statement on Tuesday, Century officials said the PSC's ruling "is not sufficient for a smelter to restart."
"Century is seeking an enabling power contract that would allow us to operate the plant continuously, well into the future," said Lindsey Berryhill, Century's spokeswoman. "We regret that the current order does not meet that need."
When the Ravenswood plant closed in 2009, more than 650 workers were laid off. Century officials said that in order to open the plant the company would need a special rate for electricity based on the price of aluminum. The PSC's Consumer Advocate Division had argued against Century's proposal saying that other Appalachain Power customers would see an increase in their bills.
In their ruling, PSC Commissioners Michael Albert, Jon McKinney and Ryan Palmer tried to balance the interests of all Appalachian Power ratepayers and Century by recognizing a special statute related to Century as well as the impact on the economy, Byron Harris, director of the PSC's Consumer Advocate Division, said Tuesday.
Harris said Century's rejection of the PSC's ruling "is disappointing, that's for sure."
Century said Tuesday the company is "discussing modifications that would permit a restart at this time, and we plan to file a motion for reconsideration with the PSC."
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