Progress Energy sets record for use in Carolinas

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Customers of Progress Energy Carolinas have set a record for peak electricity demand in winter as they endure the extended period of frigid weather.

A statement from the Raleigh-based utility said that between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Monday, customers used 12,504 megawatt-hours of electricity. That topped the previous winter peak-demand record of 12,142 megawatt-hours set on Feb. 6, 2007.

Monday’s usage fell short of the all-time record of 12,656 megawatt-hours set on Aug. 9, 2007 during a stretch of triple-digit heat.

President and CEO Lloyd Yates said the utility doesn’t anticipate problems in meeting customer demands, but encourages them to learn more about how to use energy more wisely and efficiently.