ELECTRICITY: More Shocks in Those Bills

Last year it was food prices. This year soaring electricity bills could be the main focus of consumer outrage. In Maryland, where the Potomac Electric Power Co. is seeking a 22% residential rate increase, bumper stickers proclaim FIGHT THE HIKE, and customers are underpaying bills in protest. To battle a 23% increase proposed by the Virginia Electric & Power Co., local governments are raising a $100,000 legal war chest. Some bitter citizens in North Carolina have threatened" the life of State Utility Commission Chairman Marvin Wooten if Duke Power Co.'s call for a 23% increase is approved. Wooten says...

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