State consumer advocate seeks rehearing on Noranda electric rate case

The Noranda smelter employs about 900 people in the New Madrid area. | Courtesy of KOMU News/Flickr
The Noranda smelter employs about 900 people in the New Madrid area. | Courtesy of KOMU News/Flickr

The Missouri Office of Public Counsel and Noranda Aluminum asked for a rehearing of the company’s request for a lower electric rate, which the Missouri Public Service Commission denied in August. The PSC’s decision prompted the company’s aluminum smelter in southeast Missouri to announce it would lay off 125 to 200 people over the next six months.

Acting Public Counsel Dustin Allison said in an interview that he wants the commission to reexamine a compromise proposal his office put forward late in the proceedings. It would have granted the smelter a smaller cut in electric bills than it originally requested.

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