Charleston Daily Mail

Agreement Proposed to Keep Ky. Smelter Open

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A proposed agreement that would keep a western Kentucky aluminum smelter open by allowing it to purchase electricity on the free market has been filed with the Public Service Commission.

It would be the second smelter to leave Big Rivers Electric Corp., which has asked to increase rates for remaining customers.

The PSC approved a similar agreement this year for Century Aluminum's Hawesville smelter.

Media report the proposed agreement would be for the company's Sebree smelter.

Century Aluminum said the move is necessary for it to keep the plant open.

Officials say the goal is to get the PSC's approval by the end of January.

"We're pleased that all parties agreed on a path for Century- Sebree to have access to market-priced power, but Big Rivers still has important decisions to make," said Marty Littrel, manager of communications and community relations for Big Rivers. …

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