Alcoa began producing aluminum at its Badin Works, a primary aluminum smelter, in August 1917. Until recently, electricity generated at the Yadkin Project was used to support the electric power needs of Badin Works.
Aluminum production at Badin was curtailed by Alcoa in August 2002, as part of a series of business decisions made by Alcoa to continue its long-term, low cost production strategy within the context of a weak economy. The plant continued to manufacture anodes and high-purity aluminum until 2007.
Should Alcoa decide to restart its aluminum production operations in Badin in the future, electricity generated at the Yadkin Project will support those operations.