Hearings over aluminum rates come to an end

Hearings have wrapped up over Century Aluminum's rates after three days of testimony. Century Aluminum wants a new structure that would protect it from the aluminum price swings of the recession, and has put out a plan where Appalachian Power customers would subsidize the company's power costs when the aluminum market is low. An attorney representing West Virginia's largest manufacturers told the state Public Service Commission the rate request is unreasonable, and asked commissioners to reject the plan. Century Aluminum says the rate increase is necessary and it would help it reopen its Ravenswood smelter. A decision is expected to be issued after August 22nd.