American Metal Market

By Daniel Fitzgerald
November 18, 2013

Ferroalloy sellers look to limit discounts as 2014 talks start 

NEW YORK — Ferroalloys fixed contract talks have begun for 2014, with market participants still predicting a predominance of formula-based deals and sellers trying to limit discounting. 

Some consumers have yet to enter the market, market participants told AMM, although they agreed that negotiations should be in full swing within the next two weeks.

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American Metal Market

By Daniel Fitzgerald
November 14, 2013

Felman's electricity hearing set for Dec. 

NEW YORK - The West Virginia Public Service Commission has scheduled evidentiary hearings for Felman Production LLC's application for a 10-year special-rate electricity deal for Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 in Charleston, WVa.

The company claims the requested rate would allow it to resume silicomanganese production at its New Haven, WVa. plant as it would "allow it to weather the cycles of the commodity markets in which it operates."

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By Bob Matyi
November 12, 2013 

West Virginia sets hearing on silicomanganese producer Felman's rate request 

West Virginia regulators will hold next month a public hearing on US silicomanganese producer Felman Production's request for a 10-year special electricity contract the company says is needed to restart at least two of three idled furnaces at the New Haven plant.

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The State Journal
Felman Production wants special rate, says consumers won't be harmed
By Ann Ali
September 20, 2013 

Sometimes one bad apple can spoil the bunch. 

In this case, the bunch would be energy intensive industrial consumers who want to take advantage of a 2012 bill to allow those customers a special rate for electricity.

And some would consider Century Aluminum to be the bad apple.

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Charleston Daily Mail
Manufacturer says power proposal of minimal risk
By Jared Hunt
September 15, 2013 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Felman Production representatives on Friday defended the company's request for a special power contract, saying the plan is structured differently and presents far less risk to consumers than a proposal pushed by Century Aluminum last year. 

Felman wants the state Public Service Commission to approve a 10-year special power rate for its New Haven steel additive manufacturing plant.

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