century aluminum 300HAWESVILLE, Ky. (4/30/13) – As word spread of a tentative agreement reached between Century Aluminum and Big Rivers Electric Corporation for the purchase of electricity to power the aluminum’s smelting operation in Hawesville, public officials all said they were obviously pleased that the two companies were able to negotiate a deal.

Century Aluminum had threatened to close the plant down over proposed electric rates, prompting state lawmakers to rally in order to prevent that. Legislation was in the works to allow the region’s two smelters – Century Aluminum and Rio Tinto in Sebree – to buy their electricity at wholesale prices on the open market. However, State Representative Jim Gooch, who serves on a special state energy subcommittee, said it was hoped the legislation wouldn’t have to be acted upon.

“We wanted to let both parties know the legislature is interested,” Gooch said of the proposed bill. “Even while we had the legislation, we were facilitating a lot of meetings.”

“There’s no question this is really good news,” he added, noting that allowing the industry to remain here now is important because of the anticipated growth in the use of aluminum, including everything from automobiles to soda cans. “Aluminum is very important. The usage is expected to double in the next decade.”

Hawesville Mayor Rita Stephens also used the phrase “good news” when discussing her reaction to the announcement with SurfKY.

“I’m ecstatic that they have come together,” she said, noting that the local ministerial association had recently called for a time of fasting and prayer about the issue. Three weeks after the fasting began, the deal was reached. “Praise the Lord. This is good for the community.”

Several hundred people are employed at Century Aluminum.

Other local officials contacted about the announcement weren’t immediately available for comment.

Dennis Beard
SurfKY News
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Utility Tax Petition Signatures Put Choice before Voters; Board to Wait for November Election

GREENVILLE, Ky. (3/27/15) — The Muhlenberg County Clerk's office has completed the certification of Muhlenberg County… Read More

CC Lions Club to Award Two $500 Scholarships

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (3/27/15) — The Central City Lions Club is offering graduating high school seniors living in… Read More

Most Read This Week

March 25, 2015 5118

Fazoli's, Roses Coming to Madisonville

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 4972

One Dies, Another Injured in Mortons Gap Traffic…

by Deputy Heath Owens
March 25, 2015 4897

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Bean…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 27, 2015 4779

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 24, 2015 4104

UPDATE: One Injured in Hopkinsville Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 25, 2015 3835

Madisonville Man's Living Room Leap Lands Him in…

by Madisonville Police Department / Hopkins County Detention Center

Most Read This Month

March 09, 2015 13088

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Results in $1 Million Meth…

by KSP DESI
March 02, 2015 11438

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 27, 2015 4779

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 27, 2015 1991

MPD Searching for Man Accused of Nearly Running…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 27, 2015 1515

Family Loses Possessions, Dog in Sugg Street Fire

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 27, 2015 1193

Hopkins Grand Jury Indictments Handed Down

by Karen McKnight
March 27, 2015 1096

Rehabber Explains Her Mission; Efforts Filmed by…

by Ron Sanders
March 27, 2015 989

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by Barry Franklin
March 27, 2015 838

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 27,…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 27, 2015 779

Sheriff Explains Numerous Duties of Office,…

by Ron Sanders
March 27, 2015 738

Work Continues on Madisonville's Downtown Plaza

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
March 27, 2015 725

Utility Tax Petition Signatures Put Choice before…

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News