It's a few decades back, and this big steel company decides to modernize one of its furnace operations with the latest technology, according to an IT pilot fish in the know.

"In this case, that was an electric arc furnace, where steel is continually made and fed right into the destination mill, such as a rolling mill or wire mill," fish says.

"They picked a particular existing plant in a part of the state with some of the highest electric rates in the country. Since another state with a much lower electric rate is just across the river, they decided to run power lines over to that electricity provider."

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