The future of jobs at Century Aluminum now uncertain

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — The future of about 300 jobs in Berkeley County is uncertain after the South Carolina Senate killed a bill that would help save Century Aluminum.

The plant in Mount Holly is struggling to run because of low aluminum costs.

The company pays Santee Cooper about $100 million/year for electricity.

The Senate heard testimony about a proposed bill that would allow Century Aluminum to buy electricity from a third party at wholesale rates but still use Santee Cooper’s lines. However, the Senate couldn’t push it forward.

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