Missouri regulators side with Ameren in Noranda rate appeals

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

Missouri’s Public Service Commission declined to rehear Noranda Aluminum’s request for an electricity rate reduction and rejected Noranda’s complaint that Ameren has taken in more money than commissioners authorized when they set the utility’s rate schedules.

Noranda argued that without the rate reduction, it might have to close its aluminum smelter in New Madrid, Ameren’s single largest customer. Noranda and the Office of Public Counsel sought a rehearing so the PSC could more fully consider the compromise proposal, which would have reduced Noranda’s rates by about 16 percent rather than nearly 25 percent previously rejected.

Read more from the Jefferson City News-Tribune and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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