Power demands set new winter record

(AP)

January 11, 2010 1:43:14 PM PST
How cold was it Monday morning? Cold enough to set a record for power demand.

Progress Energy says it's never seen higher numbers in winter.

Between 7 and 8 a.m., as system wide temperatures dropped to teens and single digits in some areas, customers used 12,504 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity. That eclipsed the prior winter peak-demand record of 12,142 MWh, set on the morning of Feb. 6, 2007.

The all-time hourly peak-demand record for Progress Energy Carolinas customers was set Aug. 9, 2007, at 12,656 MWh, in triple-digit heat.

Despite that demand, Progress says all is going smoothly.

"We do not expect problems in meeting our customers’ demand for electricity, but we encourage customers to learn more about how they can use energy wisely and efficiently – not only on frigid mornings but every day,” said said Lloyd Yates, CEO and president of Progress Energy Carolinas.

Yates says customers can learn more at his company’s www.savethewatts.com website.

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