State regulators oppose Noranda’s proposed rate cut, offer compromise

Courtesy of Ameren
Courtesy of Ameren

All five members of the Missouri Public Service Commission said they oppose Noranda Aluminum’s request for a lower electric rate from Ameren Missouri, but the Missouri Office of Public Counsel pitched a compromise that would give Noranda about half of what it wanted from the regulators. The PSC has yet to adopt a final order, but the commissioners said the southeast Missouri smelter’s issues would be better addressed in the Legislature.

Noranda has warned that its plant — the only primary aluminum smelter in the state and one of about 10 in the U.S. — risked closure if it didn’t get the lower rate.

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