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January 15, 2014

Power bills skyrocket

REASON: Natural gas, polar vortex blamed for rate hike.

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ELIZABETHTOWN —

TOUGH ON SENIORS

The increased power prices are affecting all electric utilities in the state, including National Grid, New York State Electric & Gas and others.

Moriah resident Catherine Sprague said National Grid is getting the attention right now because its bills just went out.

“Some National Grid customers’ bills have doubled and tripled,” she said. “Older people can’t afford increases like that. Senior citizens are on a fixed budget.”

Email Lohr McKinstry lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com.

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HELP WITH COSTS

National Grid spokesman Patrick Stella said customers who are having trouble paying their utility bill should call National Grid at (800) 642-4272 as soon as they believe they are having trouble.

National Grid has consumer advocates that can help customers through a variety of company, state and federal programs, he said. "The earlier a customer contacts us, the easier it is for us to assist."

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