Progress Energy Carolinas customers set peak electricity demand record

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Progress Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, announced that its customers set a peak electricity demand record Thursday, as heat indices of up to 115 degrees had air conditioners churning through the afternoon and evening.

In the hour ending at 5 p.m., customers used 12,738 megawatt-hours (MWh), or 12.7 million kilowatt-hours, of electricity. The hourly demand eclipsed the prior record of 12,656 MWh, set Aug. 9, 2007.

Progress Energy Carolinas does not anticipate record-setting demand on Friday. Nor does the company anticipate problems meeting customer demand during this period of high temperatures. Cooler temperatures are forecast next week.

Higher energy usage means higher seasonal energy bills. Progress Energy Carolinas urges customers to take control of their energy use with energy-saving tools, tips and incentives available at

Progress Energy Carolinas customers also can avoid summertime spikes in energy bills by participating in the Equal Payment Plan. While there is no cost savings with this option, the Equal Payment Plan provides predictable payments to help customers better budget their energy dollars. The monthly bill is the same in July as it is in October. To learn more, visit and search Equal Payment Plan, or call 800-452-2777.

Progress Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides electricity and related services to nearly 1.5 million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. The company is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and maintains a diverse generation fleet of more than 12,200 megawatts in owned capacity. PEC serves a territory encompassing more than 34,000 square miles, including the cities of Raleigh, Wilmington and Asheville in North Carolina and Florence and Sumter in South Carolina

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