CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Public Service Commission on Wednesday granted Century Aluminum's request for more time to file its motion to a decision that could decide whether the company will reopen its shuttered Ravenswood plant.
Meanwhile, Appalachian Power officials said they would also ask the PSC to reconsider the decision to address their concerns over the plan.
Century attorney James Kelsh filed the motion with the PSC late Tuesday asking regulators to extend the deadline to Nov. 1. The PSC granted an extension Wednesday, but gave Century a deadline of Oct. 26.
Century announced Tuesday it would not be able to restart the Ravenswood aluminum smelter using the special rate the PSC granted last week.
The company had asked the PSC to grant a special rate that would help it restart the plant, which closed in February 2009, resulting in the loss of more than 650 jobs.
The decision gave Century power rates that were close to what it sought but left the company responsible for any risk associated with the plan.
Century originally wanted special rates tied to the price of aluminum. If those rates were too low to cover Appalachian Power's costs, Century proposed having other ratepayers pick up the shortfall.
The PSC denied that request. Instead, it required Century to pay for the shortfalls at the end of a 10-year rate contract.
In the end, Century said the rate structure detailed in the PSC's order did not go far enough to make a restart of the plant possible.
"The order includes several positive elements but, as it stands, is not sufficient for a smelter restart at this time," company spokeswoman Lindsey Berryhill said Tuesday.
Berryhill said the company intended to file a motion of reconsideration in the case.
Appalachian Power officials are also worried about how the structure of Century's special rate plan could affect their company, should Century move ahead with a restart.