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Vote postpones purchasing electricity on the open market

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HANCOCK CO., KY (WFIE) -

A vote has been postponed on a bill that would allow two aluminum smelters in Western Kentucky to purchase electricity on the open market.

Century aluminum says Big Rivers' Rates will force it to close it's Hancock County Plant, costing hundreds of jobs.

Big Rivers says residential rates will rise from an average of $84 to $100 per month if century buys elsewhere.

The bill would allow century to purchase power on the open market instead of from Big Rivers, bypassing current law.

The bill is now before the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

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