In an order Friday, the PSC set a tentative date of Dec. 14 to decide whether to grant reconsideration of some aspects of their original decision in case.
The commission could allow additional testimony or arguments over some aspects of the original plan.
But it now appears unlikely the commission will be open to the major changes Century had asked for in their reconsideration request.
In their Friday order, commissioners seemed to side with some of Century's critics who claimed the company was using the proceeding as simply a negotiating ploy.
"The reconsideration request appears to have the tone of a negotiation counteroffer instead of a pleading in a formal case before the Commission," the order said.
"Obviously, the Commission is not a party to 'negotiations' when executing its statutory duties, including reconsideration of a Commission Order," it said. "If Century intended to negotiate a special rate mechanism, the appropriate procedure would be negotiation between Century and other interested parties."
In other words, if Century wanted some other type of rate, company representatives need to negotiate that with officials at Appalachian Power first.
For its part, APCo has expressed separate reservations about the PSC's special rate. The power company expressed concern over the fact that Century would not have to pay for any shortfalls in their rate until the end of the 10-year contract.
The company said in filings it had serious doubts about the financial strength of Century. Power officials feared Century's financial woes could hurt the power company's financial ratings if they had to enter into a long-term contract with the company.