CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Public Service Commission said Wednesday it isn’t going to change its mind about a special power rate it has granted to a Mason County business.

The state Consumer Advocate Division and the West Virginia Energy Users Group asked the PSC to reconsider the decision in favor of Felman Production. The request was denied.

The PSC’s April 3 ruling would cut Felman’s cost to purchase electricity from Appalachian Power by as much as $9 million. Felman is a silicomanganese plant in New Haven that is currently idled.

The PSC ruled Felman’s rate would be determined each month based on commondity prices and the materials it uses in production.

If Felman accepts the rate deal it has to have a contract with Appalachian Power filed with the PSC by June 30.

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