Community members and Chelan PUD customer-owners are invited to a meeting of the Alcoa Working Group on Tuesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Confluence Technology Center in north Wenatchee to listen and comment on a proposed contract amendment negotiated with Alcoa Corp. that would give Alcoa until June 2018 to decide whether to restart the Wenatchee Works aluminum smelter in return for a payment that keeps PUD customer-owners financially neutral.
The technology center is at 285 Technology Center Way, in Wenatchee. Members of the Alcoa Working group include PUD, Port and Chelan County commissioners, mayors, a representative of the Alcoa union and community leaders.
The proposal calls for Alcoa to pay part now of a contract payment due in June if the plant remains curtailed. The balance would be due in June 2018 if the plant doesn’t restart.
PUD commissioners will be asked to act on the proposal at their May 1 meeting.
Information on the proposed Alcoa contract amendment is at chelanpud.org under “Alcoa Energy Supply.” Comments can be made online, at Tuesday’s meeting and/or at the May 1 PUD commission meeting.