During PSC Hearing, Noranda Warns Of Plant Closure

Union representatives from Noranda’s massive aluminum smelter in Missouri’s Bootheel area, consultants, lobbyists and state legislators were among the 120 or so people who came to testify at a Public Service Commission hearing in St. Louis Tuesday night. Some were on the side of the large industrial electric customer that wants a lower rate and claims Ameren Missouri has been earning more than it is allowed to recover. Others were behind the state’s largest investor-owned utility.

Noranda’s huge aluminum smelter consumes about 10 percent of Ameren’s power and pays $170 million a year for it. “If we don’t get this rate, there’s a substantial likelihood of an imminent closure of the smelter,” John Parker, Noranda’s vice president of communications, told the crowd.

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