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April 15, 2014
By Daniel Fitzgerald

W.Va. extends deadline for Felman rate deal objections

NEW YORK-The West Virginia Public Service Commission has extended to April 18 the deadline to file requests to reconsider its order approving a special electricity rate for Felman Production LLC.

 

The commission's consumer advocate division (CAD) had requested the deadline be extended to April 28, but Felman subsequently filed a response claiming that such an extension would result in "hardship" to the silicomanganese producer (amm.com, April 11).

Felman announced its intention to enter into a new contract with electricity supplier Appalachian Power Co. Inc. (APCo) on May 1, but cautioned that an extension of the deadline could "cast a pall of uncertainty" over a decision to restart production at its New Haven, W.Va., plant.

"Although Felman raises valid concerns regarding the sufficiency of the CAD motion, the commission concludes that a brief extension of the reconsideration filing deadline is a reasonable accommodation to other parties," the commission said in its April 11 ruling. “This is a case of significant import to Felman, but also to other customers of APCo who the CAD is charged by statute to represent."