"Milwaukee Makerspace Aluminum Pour" by Pete Prodoehl, Flickr Commons, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

  Century Aluminum plans to continue operations at its aluminum smelter in Hawesville, Ky., but the company will still idle 60 percent of its working capacity at the plant later this month, resulting in more than 300 layoffs.

"Milwaukee Makerspace Aluminum Pour" by Pete Prodoehl, Flickr Commons, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The Hancock County Judge-Executive says he feels “helpless” following the announcement that a major employer plans to sharply reduce operations in late October.

Century Aluminum announced Tuesday that it will idle its smelter in Hawesville unless there is a major rebound in the price of aluminum on the open market.


The Kentucky Public Service Commission has selected a consulting firm to audit the management of Big Rivers Electric Corporation after the company lost two of its largest customers. 

Massachusetts-based Concentric Energy Advisers will begin the focused management audit later this month.

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A western Kentucky electric utility is telling customers their rates will increase by more than 20 percent after its power supplier lost its biggest customer, an aluminum smelter.

Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. is telling rate-payers their electric bills will increase by an average of about $22 a month. The higher rates begin Tuesday. The utility's power supplier, Big Rivers Electric Corp, recently lost the Century Aluminum smelter in Hawesville as a customer. Big Rivers is requesting a $68.6 million rate increase to cover the losses.

W. Ky. Aluminum Smelter Could Close

Aug 20, 2012

Nearly 700 employees at an aluminum smelter in Hawesville may lose their jobs because the power costs to operate the plant are too high. Century Aluminum Company says it gave a 12-month notice Monday to terminate its power contract with Big Rivers Electric Corp.