At today's prices, West Virginia ratepayers would have had to fork over nearly $17.82 more each month - about $214 a year - to help make up the power company's $126.7 million revenue gap under the Century plan.
Imagine the consumer outrage had that happened.
Also, don't forget both Century's and the PSC's final plan still included about $35 million in severance tax credits that the state would have had to pay out to ease the plant's power costs - had it actually reopened.
Given the state's $90 million revenue deficit from the last fiscal year - including a nearly $52 million shortfall in severance taxes alone - that payout would have been a difficult one.
The law giving the company those tax credits remains on the books. If the state budget stays tight, it will be interesting to see if lawmakers decide to nix the Century subsidy during the next legislative session.
CNBC released its annual "Top States for Business" this week, and West Virginia was again near the bottom at 48th.
The survey has long given the state low marks for business friendliness, education and labor policies, and did so again this year.
"Workers there are the nation's least educated, population growth is stagnant, and the state's heavy union presence - West Virginia is a non-right-to-work state - hurts it in the (Workforce) category," the CNBC report said. "Even in its strongest category, Cost of Doing Business, West Virginia can manage no better than 19th place."