2018-01-10 / Arts and Entertainment

Weather keeps people indoors, electricity use skyrockets

Duke Energy Carolinas customers set a new alltime peak record for energy usage on Friday, Jan. 5. Duke Energy Carolinas serves 2.5 million households and businesses in central and western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.

The unofficial peak record is now 21,623 megawatt hours in the hour ending at 8 a.m., which beat the previous record set on Feb. 20, 2015, when customers used 21,101 megawatt-hours.

“Last week was bitterly cold in the Carolinas, and our team worked aroundthe clock to make sure we were prepared to meet our customers’ energy needs,” said Nelson Peeler, senior vice president and chief transmission officer.

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