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Utility Rates / Thatcher Family #481765

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 16, 1975
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(Studio) Customers no longer able to take high utility rates.
REPORTER: Tom Snyder

(Union Bridge, MD) Thatcher family got 2-mo. electric bill of $572. Father only makes $600 per month; family takes drastic steps to save electricity. Thermostats kept on 500; unnecessary appliances not used. Thatchers admit house poorly insulated but still believe electric rates getting out of hand. Potomac Edison provides power to Thatchers. WTRI, country and Western radio station in West MD, raises over $5000 to help consumers fight Potomac's proposed rate increase [Mt. Airy, MD, resident, Dan KELLY - says families to be forced out of homes because they can't pay utility bills.] Power companies say fuel costs up. [Karen THATCHER - says her husband's salary won't increase every time Potomac decides on rate incr.] [Dale THATCHER - doesn't believe consumers can take increase, month after month]
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

Simpson, Carole;
Snyder, Tom

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