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PUCO denies new hearing for Ormet Corp.

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Monroe County-based facility must now rely on new campaign

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has denied a new hearing in the case of an embattled Monroe County aluminum producer.
On Nov. 1, the Ohio Consumers Council filed an application on behalf of the Ormet Corp., asking that the PUCO reconsider an earlier ruling that granted Ormet only part of their requested rate reduction. On Wednesday, the PUCO voted to deny a rehearing.
This is part of the commission's regular appeal process. As with any case, parties have 30 days to file for a re-hearing, but they must show specifically how they believe the commission made a mistake in its initial decision.
On Oct. 2, the PUCO granted Ormet part of a requested rate reduction that officials said was necessary to keep the plant running, but denied the aluminum producer an energy transition plan. CEO Mike Tanchuk stated at the time that Ormet was the "first major casualty" of "massively increased energy costs" in Ohio, adding that he believed the PUCO "went out of their way to insult Ormet's efforts to reduce costs."
Now, it seems as if the only hope left for workers is the "Save Ohio Jobs" campaign, launched earlier this week in Clarington.

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